“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…
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.
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…
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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