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    I've been doing some thinking about Ephesians 4:29. Usually we focus on the negative side of this verse - what not to do, but I don't know that we think as much about the other side, what to do. I know I could work on this one myself. What do you do to help build others up with your speech?


    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    Me? Often it's what I don't say - keeping to myself when what would otherwise come out isn't constructive... or remotely nice... and those things likely to do harm (only). Giving my best advice when I can - and it's likely to be received without the aforementioned harm. Sometimes, just listening is the most helpful.

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      Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
      I've been doing some thinking about Ephesians 4:29. Usually we focus on the negative side of this verse - what not to do, but I don't know that we think as much about the other side, what to do. I know I could work on this one myself. What do you do to help build others up with your speech?


      Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
      I try to get to know the person well before I start trying to build them up. I have found that people who don't know me well and try to build me may mean well but they aren't always successful and sometimes make it worse. Also I get a lot of cliché answers instead of genuine building up. I try not to do the same to others.
      "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

      "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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