Ephesians 4:29 states, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” [ESV]. A biblical principle I have regretfully learned the hard way is the importance of staying under the authority of God when it comes to the use of my tongue. I always wanted to state my cause, my opinion, and my dislike toward the situation I was facing. Yet, instead of helping, I repeatedly became a hindrance to the Gospel message. I often hurt others with my words, as well as my Heavenly Father with my disobedience. We must seek to honor God in what we say and how we handle situations. May we allow God’s Word to be the guiding force of our communication with others, instead of our emotions. May we always seek His glory above our own flesh in how we deal with brothers and sisters in Christ.

—Shea, Dallas, TX

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