Daily Archives: January 4, 2014

Taming the Tongue

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

It can lie. It can gossip. It can slander. It can also murmur and complain. It can manipulate and flatter. It can tear down. It can paint itself in nice words, even while cutting someone to ribbons.

Our tongue. It can truly be deadly.

On the other hand, when that “tongue” is under the power of the Holy Spirit, when we are daily training it to be submitted to Christ’s control and available for His use and purposes, He can transform it into an instrument that delivers encouragement.

I am reminded again how often people just need a nod of encouragement in their journey, no matter how confident he or she may appear to be. 

Have you shared a good word with someone lately?

Think about some things you’ve been noticing in others that are really worth praising. Slay the dragon and encourage them.

Ask God to make you and your words build up, not tear down.

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