[I]f you want to be wise, think before you speak!
Some people make cutting remarks,
but the words of the wise bring healing.
Proverbs 12:18, NLT
Our words are gifted with the power to praise the living God who created the universe or to curse people who are made in His image.
… no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
James 3:8 – 10, NLT
Wisdom: Who Said What Now? full post
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For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,
and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control,
and self-control with steadfastness,
and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV
If you wonder “For what very reason?” join the club.
In verse 3 Peter tells us
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness ….
2 Peter 1:3 ESV
Peter Urges Growth full post
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