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What You Say and How You Say It Are Equally Important

“It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say. 

‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:8-9 ‭MSG‬‬
http://bible.com/97/1ti.1.8-11.msg

OBSERVATION

How many times have you been so offended not by what someone said but the way they said it? I once heard the late, great Zig Ziglar talk about how you can create so many different meansing with the same sentence simply by adding inusiation to a different word in the sentence. Here’s the example with the sentence he used, “I did not say he beat his dog.”

  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • It wasn’t me. Someone else said that. 
  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • I didn’t do it. Someone else said that about him. 
  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • I applied it but I sure didn’t say anything about anyone specifically.
  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • It was not him. It was someone else. 
  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • He didn’t beat the dog. He was just really rough with it. 
  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • It was not his dog. It belonged to someone else. 
  • I did not say he beat his dog.
    • Nope. It was the cat he was smackin’ around. 

The purpose of that exercise is to say we can say someone and have so many different meanings. Therefore we should always realize that God’s Word is spoken of as a sword. We can use it to speak healing to someone or to bring the pain of condemnation and confusion. We must be careful to always watch how we say something so we can always bring glory to God.

APPLICATION

It’s so very important to watch how I say things to others. Always ask the question, “Is what I am about to say going to build up or tear down?” 

PRAYER

Help me to love others enough to take my time in framing my words to bring life and point them closer to You, Lord. 

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