“Don’t say anything that would hurt [another person]. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you.” – Ephesians 4:29 (GWT)  

Are your words strengthening your relationships? Or do you gossip, slander, and express negativity in your conversations? Most of the pain and heartache we tend to experience in life stems from hurtful words spoken to us or about us.

Tensions created by misunderstandings, accusations, and insisting on our way only result in the breakdown of relationships. On the contrary, we are called to be people builders.

The Bible is clear that our conduct should positively impact those around us. To build one another up, we must learn to use our words in a constructive manner. This is essential if we are to succeed in our relationships.

Here is your challenge for the week:

Every day, practice speaking kind words to others and about others. Be intentional about encouraging and uplifting someone. Rather than focusing on the negative things you don’t like; focus on the positive things you do like. As you commit to building people, you and your relationships will flourish.