Thursday, May 5, 2011
Building up or breaking down?
Are we aware of how powerful our words are?
Studies have shown that in the average home, for every positive statement, a child receives ten negative statements. The school environment is only slightly better; students hear seven negative statements from their teachers for every one positive statement. No wonder so many children are growing up feeling they are losers. Parents and teachers are conveying that perception every day in how they talk to their children.
If we could memorize just one verse from the New Testament, put it into practice and never violate it, I believe we would resolve many of the problems in our homes, churches and the world.
The verse is Ephesians 4:29.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. Isn't it amazing that you and I have the power to give grace to others through the proper use of our words? If we never put people down, and only built up others as Ephesians 4:29 commands, we would be part of God's construction crew in the church instead of members of Satan's wrecking crew.
Source: Crosswalk daily in Christ