Today build people up


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"The lips of the godly speak helpful words." Pr
10:32 NLT
How do you feel when someone tries to put you
down? Then don't do it to others! "Kind words bring
life, but cruel words crush your spirit" (Pr 15:4
GNT). You can crush someone with what you say, so
be careful. Some of the people you meet each day
need an emotional lift, so encourage them.
"Righteous people know the kind thing to say, but
the wicked are always saying things that hurt" (Pr
10:32 GNT). Don't be the kind of person who
pounces on a weakness in someone. Maybe you do
it in a joking way, but you do it, and you enjoy doing
it. In a cartoon, Charlie Brown is talking on the
phone to a girl who says, "Guess what I'm running
for? The Queen of the May at our school." Charlie
Brown says, "That's very interesting. Lucy has
always been chosen at our school." The girl on the
phone responds, "Your school has pretty low
standards, huh, Chuck?" After Charlie Brown hangs
up, he looks at Lucy and says, "She says,
'Congratulations!'" Now, that's diplomacy! It's also
supportiveness. How supportive are you? If God
gave you a dollar for each kind word you said and
took away a dollar for each unkind word you said,
would you be wealthy or poor? When the brothers
who betrayed Joseph knelt before him in Pharaoh's
palace, he held the power of life and death over
them. But he forgave them, was gracious toward
them, and promised to take care of them.
Supportive words can build a bridge in a strained
relationship. So the word for you today is-build
people up.

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