Words and Speech

The Bible has quite a bit to say about how believers should speak and what words we should use. Our speech directly reflects what we think about God and how we feel about other people.

Day One: The Power of Words
Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3), and we are in His image in part because of the power we have with words....
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For more, see "Salt"

Day Two: Talking too Much
The Bible warns us against talking too much or being overly talkative. In fact, the Bible says that a fool can be recognized by his many words (Ecclesiastes 5:3). Ecclesiastes 10:14 adds that a fool "multiplies words"...
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Day Three: Flattery
Flattery can be defined as "the act of giving excessive compliments, generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject." The difference between flattery and a compliment is the benefactor. Flattery has a selfish motivation...
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Day Four: Keeping Secrets
A secret can be difficult to keep and equally difficult to share. Yet life seems to run on secrets...The Bible teaches, indirectly, that keeping secrets can be either good or bad, but it does not clearly delineate the right and wrong uses of secrets...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about confidentiality?"

Day Five: Shyness
Webster's dictionary defines shyness as "the state of being timid, easily frightened, reserved, bashful, and shrinking from contact with others." For the Christian, shyness can be overcome by relying on the Holy Spirit...
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For more, see "Introverts in the World"

Day Six: Honesty
Honesty is truthfulness. An honest person has the habit of making accurate, trustworthy statements about life, self, others and God. An honest person represents himself just as he is and tells others the truth about themselves...
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Published 4-27-16