by Doug Markle

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)

I heard someone say something yesterday that reminded me of this verse.  The person, speaking about the Amazon Echo said, “When I say her name, she lights up…”  That phrase hit me.  Do those in our lives, particularly those in our family, “light up” when we talk to them?   There is so much bitterness, slander, negativity, anger, and anxiety in our speech that it affects those we interact with.  It is particularly harmful for those that are closest to us.  I have a challenge for you.  Let’s make April different.  For the rest of the month, concentrate on speaking life, stop focusing on the negative, stop speaking (and listening to) gossip, stop quarreling, and let’s all focus on building each other up.

Prayer: Merciful God, thank you for your grace.  May my words be words of life to those I walk next to every day.