From Wisdom for Each Day by Billy Graham
Words that Help
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs. - Ephesians 4:29
We’ve all met people who seem to enjoy correcting others and telling them what is wrong with them. Sometimes it’s done with an arrogant attitude—the kind that says “I’m better than you, and I know what’s wrong with you.” Sometimes it’s done with an attitude of false humility: “I humbly hope I can help you become a better person.”
If you’re like most of us, however, you probably don’t care much for people like this, and (rightly or wrongly) you probably don’t listen to their advice. You sense that their real motive is pride, and their main goal is to impress you with how wise and perfect they are.
This is the opposite of what the Bible says here about the way we should speak to others. Instead of pride, our motive should be love. Instead of criticism, our goal should be to encourage and uplift. Instead of impressing others with ourselves, we want them to be impressed with Christ. Learn to avoid hurtful and useless words, and ask God to help you to encourage and help someone for Christ’s sake today.
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