Do we always say positive comments to others?
Should I only say things that are helpful, that build others up, and that benefit anyone within earshot? And that when I say sarcastic things at the expense of someone else, will it only contribute to a negative reputation and atmosphere?
We live in a world that focuses on the negative. The news we watch on TV is almost always filled with stories about the bad stuff. I don’t know about you, but that really affects my mind and heart. I find myself fretting over things just because someone told me something that might happen. It causes me to worry and steal trouble from tomorrow which totally overloads the troubles that today already has.
The truth is that most of us love a good story. We want to hear the good news. We like to hear kind things said about us. Why? Because it’s helpful, builds us up and benefits not only us, but also those around us.
Psalm 34:8 says- Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Here’s a challenge for you: Try going one day without saying anything negative, rude, sarcastic or hurtful to anyone or about anyone. At the end of the day, evaluate everything, how you felt, how the people closest to you felt, and how things were different. If you found that the people around you were better off and that you were better off, considering living the rest of your life with an effort to be uplifting to those around you.
As the old adage goes, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Proverbs 17:17 says- A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Do you tend to be more negative or positive with your words? Do you insult people to elevate yourself? If this is hitting a little too close for comfort, seek God and ask Him to reveal to you the why behind your hurtful, cutting words.
May God bless you as you choose your words to communicate with others.
Pastor Dave DuBois