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Discipline is counterproductive if given with abusive language

Safety Check
Watch your Language – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:28-32

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

We’ve been talking about safety issues while you and your family take your “road trip.”  This road trip is referring to your life’s journey.  Another area that creates an environment in the home is the language that is allowed.  Do you allow language to be used that creates an environment that is toxic?

Our printed key verse for today reminds Christ followers not to use foul or abusive language.  Foul language is very common in a lot of homes these days.  Most adults that use foul language would agree that they don’t want their kids using it.  If that is true for you and your family, don’t be a hypocrite and use that language yourself.  What a mixed message to give to your kids, you can use certain words, but they cannot!  That shouldn’t make sense to anyone.

The apostle goes on to talk about abusive language.  Sarcasm, put downs and labels are abusive language.  Your home ought to be a safe place for every person in your family.  No one should be allowed to use abusive language.  Discipline is counterproductive if given with abusive language.  Parents, don’t allow your children to use abusive language on each other.  Demand a safe environment for everyone!  Disagreements can exist in a respectful environment.  Disagree agreeably!  (Continued)

Father, guard my mouth today.  May I honor you and my family with my language.  In Jesus’ name, amen.