Thinking prompts me here.
Thinking about an unguarded exchange of words.
Perhaps not untruthful words. Just negative words. Not four letter words we were taught as children to be ‘bad’ words. Just not helpful words. Not words that pointed the Hearer in a better direction when the exchange was finished.
And so tonight I am thinking about that. And Scripture comes to mind. You know which one, don’t you?
King James says it this way:
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. via Ephesians 4:29 KJV;CJB – Bible Gateway.
Other Translations phrase it just a little differently, some more to the way we talk these days but the message is the same, isn’t it?
Oh be careful Little Tongue what you say.
Just because it is true or looks to be true to me or to you, does not mean we have to say it, does it? Now I am all for telling the truth; don’t get me wrong. Honesty and truth is a virtue that — well, it’s a deal breaker for me. You lie to me and I discover it — trust takes flight. And it does not return until I see repentance. Doesn’t mean I cease to love. Doesn’t mean I cease to want what is good for you but — I’m off point here.
Negative words. Words that leave the Hearer non-bettered, if we would just leave them unsaid what would Christmas be like this year?
Will you ponder it with me? Will you take up a challenge with me that when casual conversations come, we will endeavor to put a positive, truth-filled return on our words? When the Speaker says only 67 came. Can we say, Could be worse. We can give thanks for the 67. Can we accept the challenge to look for something good to say, something encouraging, something encased in hope to voice to our Hearers?
What did Momma say? “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.” Wonder where she got that idea?
Christmas Hope, Christmas Peace my Friends!