A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
Words have a life of their own. Once they are spoken or written, they are birthed and go around running free. The perfect modern example of this is Twitter. You can go on Twitter at any time and watch what words can do. People who do not know each other in real life will get into long heated arguments that can escalate far beyond words. The most famous example of this was two gentlemen who, in 2014, who on Christmas Day got into a war of words over Kobe Bryant that ended with one of them driving to Temecula, California, to fight the other one.
The funny thing is, nobody starts off an argument looking for a fight. In most cases, people just want to be heard or express an opinion. The problem is too often we go from expressing opinions to attacking. We start to be more and more sloppy with the words that are coming out of our mouths, and then suddenly, they have a life of their own, and someone has to clean up the mess that they are making. The easiest way to stop this is to watch what you say.
Friends, we live in a world where words have become weaponized. What we say can lead to unforeseen consequences with real-life implications. We now, more than ever, need to take the advice of the writer of Ephesians. If what you are saying, or tweeting, isn’t building others up, or benefiting those who are reading it, just keep it to yourself. In other words, remember what your mother told you, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”