A Gentle Tongue is a Tree of Life

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Proverbs 15:4

My prayer today is simple:

“LORD, allow my words to be seasoned with both truth and grace; may they build up and not tear down; may they heal and not destroy.”

I hope you will share this prayer with me.  The world is full enough already with bitter words, sarcasm, and criticisms; the disturbing and pervasive results are all around us.  Today, let’s generate some peace by releasing healing words into our own little circle of influence.  When we are inclined to complain, let’s find a reason to be grateful.  When our neighbor treads on our nerves – let’s look for the good and then affirm it.  Do you see someone discouraged?  Be kind; offer a meaningful compliment.  This will not only transform the texture of their day, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it will also brighten ours!

When we sow healing words with grace and in love, they will return to us.

37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  Luke 6:37-38

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