Learning To Talk in A Godly Way
We must never be careless about the truth. We must measure our words. If we deceive we must immediately admit it, because deception can become a habit.
William James, in his classic Principles of Psychology, put it this way:
Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state. We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke or virtue or vice leaves its ever so little scar. The drunken Rip Van Winkle, in Jefferson's play, excuses himself for every fresh dereliction by saying "I won't count this time! "Well! He may not count it, but it is being counted nonetheless. Down among his nerve cells and fibers the molecules are counting it, registering and storing it up to be used against him when the next temptation comes. Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out. Of course, this has its good side as well as its bad one.
start new habits
How? Here are some of the habits the Scriptures commend:
keepitreal. Proverbs 26:28 “A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” (NKJV)
keep itloving. Ephesians 4:15 “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ – “(NKJV)
keep itsoft. Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (NKJV)
keep itclean. Ephesians 5:4 “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”(NKJV)
keep itgood. James 4:11 “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.” (NKJV)
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