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“Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24). Words can hurt, and words can also heal. It is so uncomfortable to be around someone spewing out harsh words to another. I cringe when I’m in a public place and hear hateful things being said. Have you ever felt like stepping up and giving some unsolicited advice? Once, before I even realized what I was doing, I actually did speak up to a stranger belittling her spouse publicly. Fortunately, she didn’t turn on me. There’s an old saying—and your mother probably told you…

    “You are what you eat from your head down to your feet.”
    This popular slogan taught that a person’s physical health was determined by what they ate.
    “You are what you say, so guard your mouth today” could have been Jesus’ slogan.
    READ: Matthew 15:11 from the Amplified Bible, “It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled. It’s what comes out of his mouth; this makes him unclean and defiles him.” Jesus was teaching that a person’s spiritual health was determined by what they said.
    Do you gossip or criticize others? Take the “Mouth Check Challenge!” See if you can go an entire day with only speaking words of kindness and encouragement. The easier it is for you to speak positive, uplifting words the healthier your spirit is.
    Prayer: Jesus, forgive me for using negative words. Help me be spiritually healthy by talking positive. Amen.
    Devotion by Debbie Simler-Goff