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Day 22: I Said That?


Dale Carnegie's first principle

Don't

Criticize

Complain

Condemn

Oh how a conversation can go sour in a moment when two or more gathered...

Criticizing others to make ourselves feel better

Complaining about others to blame others for our discontent

Condemning others to take condemnation from ourselves

Hmm...

The breaking down of others to build us up

Unwholesome talk

But

God said,

Do not let

any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,

but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,

that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

Unwholesome Talk

Destructive, Damaging Talk

About others~

to others

About your self ~

to yourself

Yup

Yourself!

Does that mean unwholesome talk about me?

Think about it

The weight of unwholesome talk:

I am not ____________

I can't ____________

I will never _________

Talk that does not build me up, but break me down.

Unwholesome Talk

How do you talk about yourself?

How do you talk to yourself?

What words are swirling in your head?

But if God does not speak unwholesome words

to break us down,

why do we?

What if you replaced your talk with His talk:

I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.*

I am forgiven by the grace of Christ.*

I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1-2

Fasting from any

unwholesome talk

about you

will also make it possible

to not let any unwholesome talk about others

come out of your mouth.

So are you ready to fast from any

unwholesome talk

today~

about yourself

and others

by walking with the

Wholesome One

Who changes all your

I am not

I can't

I will never

to

I am

I can

I will

because

He Says So!

*Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

Ephesians 1:3-8


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