Consequences of Speech

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Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81, Acts 26:1-32, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 18:20-21

Daily Verse: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Prov. 18:21

Consequences of speech.

We pay the price for the words that come from our mouths. Before we speak, we must first think about it. What occupies our minds determines our outlook on life. We either say uplifting and encouraging words or negative, life-sucking ones. God gave us the ability to choose which path we will take.

Visiting friends for the weekend, we played Pickleball. Before we went, my girlfriend told me all her shortcomings with the game. Imagine my surprise when her play didn’t reflect her words; expecting someone who couldn’t hit the ball, she played well.

Afterward, she asked me for feedback from my coach’s perspective.

“Stop telling yourself you’re bad. You tell everyone you’re the weakest player on the court, defeating yourself before you even begin. You never lose; you either win or learn.”

Her words led to her downfall. Changing her attitude and thoughts changes her perspective and leads to life.

Think about your language. Do you use words that give life or lead to death?

Lord, forgive us for using harmful speech that leads to death. Help us recognize our life-stealing thoughts and replace them with uplifting and encouraging words. Let us give life with our speech, helping others do the same. IJNIP. Amen

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