“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

This statement has been probably been uttered by moms for centuries.

I know I said it many times as a teacher, and I find myself thinking it often as we live in a culture that feels it is ok to say whatever negative thing it wants to any other person, even total strangers! Grrr!

While that phrase is a great motto to live by, there is an even more important statement to that needs to be followed by each of us, especially in our homes…

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We need to put a stop to negative words being spoken to one another, but to make our families stronger, we also need to speak words that BUILD each other up.

Kind words.

Affirming words.

Encouraging words.

I love the NIV translation of Ephesians 4:29 because of the word BUILD. It has created a great mental picture in my mind about what my words can do for my sons and husband, building a stronger family with the right words.

But I also adore Ephesians 4:29 in The Message…

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My words should be a GIFT. Oh my, that is good stuff right there.

Everything that comes out of your mouth will affect your family one way or another – what kind of words will they be today?


Family Tie #14: Build your family up with the gift of your words! Post one of these translations of Ephesians 4:29 in your home to remind yourself and your family of the power of your words.


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