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A Four-Step Program To Better Speech


"Above all, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Prov.4:23)... "For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks" (Lk.6:45).

In the computer world, GIGO stands for garbage in, garbage out. In simple terms it means that improper information programmed into a computer (GI) will result in invalid data (GO) coming out. Its a good term to describe why people words are often hurtful. Both of today's verses describe a GIGO rationale... If we want our speech to come out better, we must more carefully guard what comes into our hearts and minds. This is called guarding our hearts... "He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin" (Prov.13:3). There may be some stuff in our minds that we have trouble getting rid of. For this reason, we must be careful in what we allow to come out of our mouths. To accomplish this, we might use the old carpenter's credo that says; measure twice, cut once.... "The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil" (Prov.15:28). It is important to analyze the possible ramifications of what we say before we say it... Once the wrong words come out, we may be able to apologize, but we cannot bring them back in... Lastly, if any or all of these things do not work, we have a reliable fail-safe... We can pray to the Lord that He would help our speech to be seasoned with gentleness, kindness, and grace to others. The Psalmist puts it in a way that I can not possibly improve upon... It would be a fantastic verse to read and meditate upon today... "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer" (Psa.19:14).

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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