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Larsen and I are reading through the Proverbs and noting how much speech and word usage are mentioned.  Personally convicting to say the least, which in turn is only freeing (there is a definite distinction in the Kingdom between the righteous and the wicked, the wise and the foolish and good vs. evil which we often brush off as an ‘us against them’ mentality…)  Perhaps these verses are grid for what we (and permit our children to) view, listen to, read and say ourselves through our speech or writing?  I am often reminded that our following of Christ is not an apprenticeship of toe-dipping, but total immersion. If we dare…

“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.  Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding.  Too much talk leads to sin.  Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.  The words of the godly are like sterling silver.  The words of the godly encourage many.  The lips of the godly speak helpful words.  The mouth of a godly person gives wise advice.  The words of the godly save lives.  Wise words bring many benefits. The words of the wise bring healing.  Truthful words stand the test of time.  An encouraging word cheers a person up.  Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.  The words of the wise keep them safe.  A gentle answer deflects anger.  The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing.  Gentle words are a tree of life.  The lips of the wise give good advice.”

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