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Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, makes some very interesting observations about human behaviour and particularly the way we speak. For example, Proverbs 18:2 says, “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers before listening – that is his folly and shame.” Have you ever experienced somebody cutting you off in mid-sentence and then monopolising the conversation? Such a person usually walks away without an apology or asking what you were going to say. You are left feeling like the person isn’t interested in you, your life or what you have to say or impart, but rather values only their own opinions. Scripture tells us in Matthew 12:34 that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Proverbs 15:4 says that a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. We, on the other hand, should endeavour to do good and give due honour and respect at every opportunity! Proverbs 15:4 says, “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life.” And Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Always be eager to speak to everyone with kind, loving, hopeful and encouraging words that will uplift, soothe and heal! When you are speaking (and listening) to people, do you give them undivided attention, as if they are the most important people on earth, making them go away feeling like a million bucks? If this is not part of your lifestyle, then try it sometime, you might be surprised at the results!

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