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Peggie Matthews

Sow good words into others' lives

I once read a quote that said, "Jesus is the unseen guest at every meal; The silent listener to every conversation."

This quote made an impact on my life. I began thinking more about my words.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue," reads Proverbs 18:21.

We must choose life by speaking encouraging words. Is there not enough suffering already on the earth without us adding to the problem by sowing evil, sarcastic, ungodly remarks? God is not pleased with vicious gossip and lies about others.

Words affect people. We use the spiritual law of sowing and reaping every time we carry on a conversation. We should choose our words carefully since we will receive a harvest from them. People often will respond to us the way we respond to them. If we are rude, they usually become rude. If we are kind, they are kind.

Parents, we must be cautious how we speak to our precious children. Negative words can scar them, just as loving words will bless them and motivate them.

Lovely words are as beautiful bouquets of colorful flowers. Everyone wants to receive them. May we pass out these bouquets of words to others daily. Doing this can be as simple as telling a waitress at a restaurant that she did a great job as you hand her a tip.

Hand out gifts of graceful words every day. This is a good way to "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify our father in heaven."

When we do this, we will reap a bountiful harvest in return.

Peggie Matthews, an associate minister at Calvary Assembly of God Church, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns at THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 340-2468.

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