Depending on how they are used words can be extremely damaging or uplifting and encouraging. This is something that we all need to be cautious of and pray that the Holy Spirit speaks through us and that we are quick to listen. My mind naturally thinks of quick-witted remarks and not all of them are healthy sometimes hurting others feelings. On occasion, the roles are reversed and the damage happens to us through other people and we all know that doesn’t feel very good. My mouth in my younger years would run nonstop without a filter, cuss words were my best friend and without any regard for others feelings. Every once in a while if I come across an unruly person who has this same problem my mouth tends to follow suit being rude back to them. This is something that does not belong in my walk with God and even though my mouth has improved about 95%, that 5% can creep out and do a lot of damage. Praying to the Holy Spirit for strength and His words to flow through my mouth, along with my love of God makes this habit disappear, but I need to be more vigilant. James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, and slow to speak and slow to become angry, Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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