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  • Writer's picturePastor E.C. Maltbia

The impact of the words we speak!

Hello everyone!

Today, I want to talk about the words that we speak. The words that we speak can impact others for good or they can be hurtful and cause injury. Therefore, it is imperative that we are both selective and particular about the things we say to one another. The following are three things we should never do with the words we speak.

The first thing we should never use our words for is complaining. The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Why is complaining so harmful? Simply because complaining can poison your attitude. It can make difficult situations worse by negatively affecting our attitude and outlook. Complaining can also poison the attitude of the people around you. It can be contagious. The complaints of one person with influence can negatively impact the mood and mindset of a whole group of people. Do not use your words to complain.

The second thing we should never use our words for is lying. Colossians 3:3 states, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with it’s practices.” Lying weakens relationships. Once you are caught lying to someone, the trust is broken, and the relationship is negatively impacted. Lying also causes unnecessary conflict. When you lie about a person, that creates a tension between the two of you that did not have to be there. Do not use your tongue for lying.

The third thing we should never use our words for is gossiping. There are so many reasons why gossiping is a bad idea. The Bible clearly states in In Proverbs 11:13, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Christians should always strive to keep confidential information confidential. We should also strive to refrain from participating with those who gossip by confronting ungodly gossip head on or by simply walking away from the conversation when it occurs. Either way, we should never participate in gossip.

Yes, our words can have a great impact for good or evil. They can be used to support and build others up, or they can be harmful in nature. For this reason, we must refrain from complaining, lying, and gossiping to and about one another. I leave you today with the words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”


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