1 Peter 4:11a "Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God" NASB

Words are funny. They are free; they are easy to deliver. Most of us don't have to labor to speak. Words just flow out of our mouths effortlessly. The funny thing is - words, as easy and free as they are, can leave lasting impressions. They can harm; they can damage one's self-esteem for life. Once a word is spoken, it's left its mark. We can't erase what we said. We can't un-speak a word. Once said, it's out there and its power can change the course of one's life.

I have to confess that I've abused this power of speech. I've said many things I wish I could take back. I have thrown words into the world that were not living and edifying but rather harmful and destructive. I've lost friendships over words. So going forward and with the Lord's help I'm trying to be more intentional about what I say, looking at words as being either living or dying.

Living words are edifying. The reflect God's character in that they love, give, forgive, encourage and build up. They respect differences and embrace the uniqueness of every individual. When living words are spoken, people are blessed and their lives are changed in a positive way.

The opposite of living words are dying words. These are the words that tear people down and can profoundly affect people in a negative way. They don't breathe life into people but do just the opposite. They draw life out of people, destroy dreams and diminish hope.

Every day, we have a choice in the words we speak. May we, as Christians choose living words. May we ask the Holy Spirit to help us choose only words that reflect Christ's character. You never know how your words impact others. I pray that we will all be more mindful and speak living words today!

Contributed By: Jayne Fenimore

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