My wife has been known to sarcastically refer to my efficiency in driving as “sinning just a little.” When most of us abide by the traffic laws, things tend to go smoothly on the roads. Wouldn’t it be useful to have signs posted that remind us of good and healthy behavior when it comes to our speech? Sometimes we don’t even realize our language is hurtful. We can educate ourselves and shape our speech by studying Scripture. Try writing down the guiding principles for speech that you see in the book of James. Consider doing a search for other related texts. Sometimes we need to memorize particularly practical texts that can flash in our minds as reminders of using our speech in God’s ways. Being around others who remind us when our speech isn’t in line with biblical standards is a big help too. How can you grow in this area?

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