Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling Devotionals

Every week, the author of Teen People of the Bible reminds today's teenager he or she is not alone

"What Kind of Words?"
Proverbs 17:27

I was so mad, I could spit.

A coworker, who I thought had my back, publically embarrassed me. So when I got back to my office, I quickly pounded out a harsh email. Point by point I refuted all of the things he said about me.

Bad idea. Really Bad idea.

As soon as I hit "send", conviction worked its way into my heart. The rest of the day was a waste. The Holy Spirit produced sorrow in my heart that exists even today.

The next day, I sheephishly ducked me head into the office of the guy I had verbally ripped the day before. I begged his forgiveness. We spent two hours talking that day and our friendship was healed.

But those words, those cutting, divisive words, had a devastating effect. I made a vow then that I keep to this day. I never, ever express my dissatisfaction with someone in an email. Why? Because an email is too easy, words are cheap when you're safely hidden behind a computer screen. When you don't have to look at the face of the person.

Proverbs says that a man of knowledge uses words "with restraint." He is "even-tempered."

Are you careful with the words you use? Are you do let them fly like verbal knockout punches?

Its too easy today to fire away a text, to add an angry comment, to let it all out on a blog post, facebook status, or on twitter. But words matter.

Are you wise? Use restraint with your words and you'll avoid a lot of verbal sparring matches.

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at twitter.com/dandarling, or check out his website: danieldarling.com

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Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling is a popular daily Bible devotion.  This Dan Darling devotional offers wisdom and insight for applying Biblical truths to help teens through the sometimes difficult transition from being a child to becoming a man or woman.  Reading daily devotions provides strength and encouragement in your daily walk with Jesus Christ.

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