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Use Your Words Well

“Encourage one another daily.” Hebrews 3:13

Our words can be used in many ways. They can be critical and cynical. Or they can be positive and encouraging. It is easier to by cynical. It takes effort to be encouraging. But the Bible urges us to avoid using words to damage, criticism, and injure. Instead we should use them to build others up.

Here are some warnings about the wrong use of our words:

  • If people think they are religious, but cannot control their tongues, their religion is in vain. James 1:26
  • A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
  • It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of it. Matthew 15:11
  • Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Psalm 34:13
  • Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only that which builds up. Ephesians 4:29
  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Deuteronomy 5:20
  • You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people. Leviticus 19:16

There are also many encouragements to the right use of words. Here are ways the Bible tells us to use our words positively:

  • Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
  • Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23
  • Let the words of my mouth and the medication of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14
  • Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt. Colossians 4:6
  • Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place,but instead let there be thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:3-4
  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and encouraging one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Colossians 3:16
  • Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Our words can have many uses. Let us do our best to put them to their best uses by encouraging, helping, comforting, and building up one another.

With Warm Regards,

Bob Bohler