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Psalms 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking, and your lips from lying words.
Friends told me of a couple who made a pact to avoid saying anything negative about anyone for a year. I don’t know how it turned out, but it’s a noble aspiration, one that if I were to try, would crash and burn in a day.
But God calls us to try to use our speech honorably and truthfully. Keeping our tongues from evil prevents all kinds of messes and allows us to move through the days with a clear conscience. Training for an ultra-marathon is undoubtedly easier than this. But do it we must.
Gracious Lord, help us use your golden gift of language to build up and not tear down, to display truth and not falseness.
MOVING FORWARD: Make a pact with yourself (and God) to avoid saying anything negative for one whole day. If that’s impossible, start with an hour!