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May
2013
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Do you ever misspeak?

love, misspeak, others, speakingLet the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

I am a frustrated English teacher, who constantly wants to correct grammatical errors. It’s similar to a musician who hears a wrong note and wants to correct the musician by pointing out their error.

Why do people say, “Where was you?” (were) or “What would you have done different?” (differently) or “I’ll bring the cookies to them” (take).

Hearing or reading (I am also a proof reader) these mistakes can be frustrating: but, do these simple mistakes matter? To an English teacher, perhaps. However, in the scheme of things, no. (And, yes, the previous 2 sentences are actually fragments.)

What really matters is that, through our spoken and written words, we show love!

 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

On the other hand, there are those who speak quite correctly and are constantly saying awful things about others. They may even be using profanity. Their words are empty!

36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36

Do you agree?  Are you showing love to others?  Are you speaking in such a way that others are seeing Jesus in you?

Ruth

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