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Listen, Think, Then Answer

June 17, 2013

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Good people think before they answer,
but the wicked simply pour out evil. – Proverbs 15:28 NCV

Our instructions are to go out and teach the gospel (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20), so we should be always be prepared with answers (2 Timothy 4:2) and we should be able to accurately handle the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15).

Having done all of that, could a blunt, unloving and thoughtless answer be destructive – even when it is correct? It can happen, but it doesn’t excuse us from telling the whole truth. How then, do we avoid allowing our good words to have the same effect as another’s evil words? Paul offers this advice:

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:6).

Daily Bible reading for June 18

Proverbs 15-16
Deuteronomy 20
Amos 4
Matthew 2:13-23

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