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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, August 31

Ephesians 4:25, 29

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up others according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Sometimes people say hurtful things because it is "the truth". But the truth is not always helpful and does not always encourage or build up another. In those cases, we remember the old saying,"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Even though this saying is not directly biblical, it incorporates both of these verses. The truth isn't always pretty, and sometimes can be hurtful.

Holy Lord, help me to watch my words, and only speak in truth. At the same time, help me to hold my tongue when even the truth is not helpful. Help me to listen more than I speak. Amen

Becky, transforming

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
31 ago 2023

Thursday, August 31th, 2023

Ephesians 4:25(and)29

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths only good words for building others up fitting the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Foul words must never come out of our mouths. We will not curse or use filthy words. We will not misuse the Lord’s name.This also requires the renewing of our minds. We say the words we hear from others. This is a big reason why we need to stop exposing our minds and hearts to filthy television, music, and movies. Words reflect our…

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
31 ago 2023

Ephesians 4-25 & 4:29

It amazes me that even thousands of years ago people needed to be told not to lie and use foul or abusive language. But we need that advice today as well, we also need to learn to listen carefully. We need to listen—not to respond—but to understand. I also understand what Becky said about telling the truth. I have been guilty of this and I know it hurt someone terribly. It was a difficult lesson for me and I still feel badly about it.

Prayer: Gracious God, please help me use my words to spread love and kindness to all. Amen

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