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Think Right So You Can Speak Right

And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna). —James 3:6

Negative statements start with negative thoughts. For example, let’s say an employee hears a rumor that the company he works for is going to lay off some employees, so he thinks, Every time things start to go well, something bad always happens. Then he says, “I’ll probably lose my job.”

My thoughts used to be so negative, which caused my words to be negative…which all reflected poorly on my life. Finally, I decided to change my ways and stop talking so negatively. After a while, I realized I needed to do more than just not talk negatively. Cutting out the negative talk wasn’t enough—I had to begin to think positively!

Our thoughts—positive and negative—cause us to speak the words that will shape our future. When we speak the wrong things, it can be like a fire in our lives (see James 3:6).

But we can stop the fire before it starts by speaking right, and we can only speak right when we think right. I urge you to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Let Him influence your thoughts and lead you into a lifestyle of positive words.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to speak positive, life-giving words based on Your Word. I invite You into my thought life and want to have a renewed mind, the mind of Christ, so I can please You with the words of my mouth.


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