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Can You Go One Day Without It?

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Relax. I’m not going to ask you to give up something important like chocolate or coffee. I want to ask you to give up something far more destructive. A few days ago I started to say something in casual conversation to a family member. It was a thoughtless comment. A negative word about someone I did not even know. At that moment the Holy Spirit convicted me. Now, as a general rule, I am a fairly positive person. But those who know me best would tell you that when I get overly tired I can also get irritable. We all must guard ourselves at such times. One careless, critical word can do such damage. And so back to my story……

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The Power of One Kind Word

The other day I wrote a short post about how the devil loves to use our words to tear others down. Permit me to share the positive side of this truth: the Lord desires to use our words to build others up! The Scripture says, “Speak not evil one of another, brethren” (James 4:11). But it also declares, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29). Yes, we are to withhold unkind and hurtful words. Yet how many days we sin against others by withholding kind and helpful words! It is not enough that we do not criticize or accuse.…

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Kind People in a Mean World

There once was a school that had but one rule.  (Oh, what a wonderful place that would be!)  It is now known as Washington and Lee University and Robert E. Lee was at one time the headmaster of this institution.  During his tenure the story is told that only one rule was enforced. It was simply: Be kind. This world of sinners can be a cruel place to live.  Churches full of sinners are often no less cruel.  Meanness abounds.  Because of this, it is always refreshing when you cross paths with someone who exhibits true kindness. Kindness is not a sentiment.  It is an action.  It is the action of our loving Father and it should be the action…

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