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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Speaking the Truth in Love

June 18

(Ephesians 4:14-15 NIV) "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. {15} Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ."

(Proverbs 12:18 NIV) "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

(Proverbs 18:21 NIV)  "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."

(James 3:9-10 NIV) "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. {10} Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."

Be wise with your speech. The terms “motor mouth” and “trash mouth” should never be applicable to the Christ follower. Guard your tongue. It has the power of life and death. And in this day of social media, guard your fingers, for what they type will last forever somewhere. If you must speak at all, speak truthfully and lovingly. Don't lie to people. Don't lie about people. Don’t speak when you should remain silent. Don’t remain silent when love dictates that you should speak. Learn from the times when you spoke, but shouldn't have. Learn from the times when you should have spoken, but didn’t. Wisdom and discretion in speech are a mark of Christian maturity. Speaking the truth in love is what should make our speech distinctly Christian. If there is no difference in the way we speak, God does not yet fully have our heart. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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