Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the word in the direction of truth and love.
Read: Colossians 3:12, 16
The first agreement addresses how we use our words. Recently I was with a friend and during our conversation I had to stop her and remind her to use her words to build herself up rather than tear down. A couple of days later I had to say the same thing to myself. It is so easy to fall into the mindless use of words that don’t honor who we are as created individuals and children of God.
Paul reminds us in the reading today that not only are we chosen and loved, but we are living examples of Jesus in the flesh. Our words should be filled with kindness, mercy, humility, patience, gentleness. In Kindness Matters, I discussed that it is our words that will change our relationships. This is true for the relationships you have with others and with yourself.
Listen to yourself today…really listen. Is your internal dialogue healthy? Would you want others to hear what you are saying about yourself? What you say about others? Is your external dialogue building others up or tearing them down? Words are powerful and do so much to determine the trajectory of our lives.
Be Impeccable with Your Word!