Titus 3:1-2 “Teach your people to obey the leaders of their country. They should be ready to do any good work. They must not speak bad of anyone, and they must not argue. They should be gentle and kind to all people.
There is an old saying, if you do not have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. I am not sure about anyone else but there are plenty of times I struggle with this. Whether it is from watching the news and reading stories about our government, seeing what happens in life or how someone treats us. There are times and the bad and negative just come out. The truth is, it is easy to have a critical spirit, to look from the outside in, without all the facts and think how we could have done something better or question the actions of someone else. If we are not careful, we can even feed off of other people with a similar negative attitude. The truth is misery loves company and when we are in the boat of talking bad about someone, we generally find others who will also talk bad about them. It creates a cycle that is not good and leads us on a path God desires us not to be on.
The challenge then for us is to make our words matter in a positive and not a negative way. This may mean choosing to be quiet and not say something or it may mean learning how to look for the positive in someone or something. The truth is being negative is easy but being positive requires some effort and work. Let’s lose our critical spirits and help empower and encourage others with our words today.
Words Matter! Make the effort today to speak life and be an encouragement to others.