Read Colossians 4:6 (https://bit.ly/2BM8mYC)
Many of us speak without thinking, and then we tell ourselves what we said in the heat of the moment will be easily forgotten. Unfortunately, we all know that words hurt! There is certainly no shortage of hateful speech in our world today. But, as we reflect on these verses, let us be inspired to use our words for encouragement – as a channel of communicating God’s mercy and love. Our interactions with others need to stem from a desire to strengthen and build, never to tear down. There is an acronym (THINK) originally created to help reduce online bullying. It is actually useful for all types of communications. The idea is to THINK before we communicate. Is what we are going to convey: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind? If the answer to any of these is ‘no’, then it’s best we remain silent. Otherwise, we will spread more conflict rather than peace and grace.
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