by Berni Dymet
Eph. 4:29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
One of the symptoms of the busy, I guess transactional world that we're living in is the way that we talk to one another.
Maybe you know that old schoolyard ditty "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me"
But the reality is that what people say to one another - and how they say it - that can really hurt.
How many of us can point to something somebody said to us - maybe it was last week or maybe it was half a lifetime ago - something that truly hurt?
I never cease to be amazed at how we people talk to one another - almost like the other person doesn't matter.
We all do it - the words that come out of our mouth and the tone of our voice and the expression on our face - those are the things that truly tell people who we are.
What if we only ever said things with the purpose of building other people up? Encouraging them, supporting them - even when we have to talk about the difficult things?
What would life look like?
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