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Morgan Blake, from the Atlanta Journal wrote, “I am more deadly than the screaming shell from the Howitzer. I win without killing. I tear down homes, break hearts, and wreck lives. I travel on the wings of the wind. No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me. No purity pure enough to daunt me. I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenceless. My victims are as numerous as the sands of the sea, and often as innocent. I never forget and seldom forgive, and my name is gossip.

With our lips, we can severely hurt others. By the words we speak, we show the thoughts and feelings we convey. Proverbs 10:19 says – “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” Don’t be the fuel for another person’s fire. Don’t be the wood that keeps the fire burning. Don’t be the one who starts the fire.

In some detailed research by the University of Arizona, it was found that most people use around 16,000 words in a day. There is no significant difference between men and women. In a year, all the words we use could fill over 100 average sized books. And as many husbands and wives know, by the time they have come home men have already used up there 16,000 words for the day, but women are just getting started.

The question is not how many words I’ve used today. But rather, how many of those words have been used to build others up, encourage, speak truth and love into the life of another person? How can we best use the words that we speak each and every day? Does our speech measure up to the faith that we proclaim? The right words signify a righteous life. Are my words consistent with my claim to be a follower of Jesus? Are yours?