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Wednesday Wrap-up: August 18, 2010

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29

We’re still talking about self-control on Wednesday nights. Last week we discussed controlling our thoughts. The kids helped point out last night that it is important to control our thoughts because our thoughts become our words. We talked about those times were you say what you were thinking without really meaning too. That can be really embarrassing, right?

We also talked about some phrases that we use to justify saying something we shouldn’t:
“Don’t take this personal, but...”
“I’m not trying to be nosy, but...”
“I was just kidding/joking/playing.”

We also talked about how you can’t take words back once they have come out of your mouth. Once they are out they are no longer in our control. You can say that you want to take it back, but you can’t really do that. You also shouldn’t repeat things that someone tells you in secret. That can lead to tremendous hurt.


Once we say something that hurts someone else, they don’t forget, they are still hurt. Our words are tools that can build someone up, or tear someone down. 

As our kids pointed out, if you hurt someone, then they don’t want to be around you. If they aren’t around you, how are going to show them Christ?

I don’t know about you, but I know that I have a lot of work to do. I need to work on being quick to listen and slow to speak. 

*I teach the kids at my church on Wednesday evenings, I thought it would be a great idea to recap what I am teaching on an adult level for some good discussion. Most of my thoughts will be written before the session (I am the teacher after all) but I will tweak them before I publish them.

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