CONCLUSIONS (Day 7 of 7)
(Need to start at the beginning? Day 1)
It’s been an interesting week for me.
Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]. Ephesians 4:29 AMP
I’ve changed out a few words in my vocabulary and I’ve been more intentional about building up those around me.
It’s one thing to not say something (you just have to practice catching yourself and stop), but it’s an entirely different process to speak up graciously. You have to be awake and intentional about looking for the good in life and in others. Then, how do you voice that and sound fairly natural (something that just takes practice, I think)?
Gottman, a non-Christian relationship research guy, says the magic ratio for keeping your relationships happy is 5 positive interactions to 1 negative interaction when in conflict. Being caring and uplifting can make a huge difference in your marriage!
Let’s be intentional about sharing more positive feelings, words, and actions.