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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 4, 2012 - Talk Less, Listen More

By Doug Clay

Have you ever met someone who talks too much? They can always top your story. They seem to dominate a conversation, and their topics are always about themselves or what they’ve done.

It's never good to try to establish yourself by talking too much. Actually, there is strong biblical support for not dominating a conversation.

"A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent" (Proverbs 17:27,28, NLT).

"Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut" (Proverbs 10:19).

"Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish" (Proverbs 18:13).

If the tongue really does have the power of life and death in it (Proverbs 18:21), then let’s use it to promote life and encouragement. Consider these conversation guidelines:

1. Don’t make cutting remarks.

"A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted" (Proverbs 12:16).

2. Speak at the right time.

"Everyone enjoys a fitting conversation; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!" (Proverbs 15:23).

3. Add value when you chime in.

"Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart" (Proverbs 11:11).

What we say probably affects more people than any other action we take. Let your words help someone to make a great day.

"Kind words are like honey -- sweet to the soul and healthy for the body" (Proverbs 16:24).

-- Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.



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