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Wholesome Speech

July 9, 2016

More Enigma Than Dogma


Would it be so bad if there was more silence in the world; if this little acrostic was a law that governed how we speak? Roll your eyes all you want at the Sunday School platitude, but consider what malicious speech is doing to us now.

If corrupt speech is language that disintegrates its hearers and its speaker, the opposite might be characterized as integrating its hearers and speakers toward wholeness. There is something about wholesome speech that is life-giving. The Proverbs are full of aphorisms that speak to this:

Proverbs 12:6  The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Proverbs 12:18  The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:4  Wholesome speech is a tree of life, but dishonest talk breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 16:21  The wise in heart are called discerning…

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  1. More important than anyone realizes!!

  2. You are right, of course. Now how to get people to listen.

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