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The Truth…..Nothing But the Truth

Speech can be a great gift or a life-altering curse. The ability to speak is something we seek to teach babies so that they can talk to us freely.  In the process of getting an education, a student can be involved in debate clubs, speech and diction classes, or drama opportunities.  Each of those equips a young person with greater command of how to speak with clarity. 

The dilemma, however, is that one of the greatest weapons mankind possesses is the ability to bring pain, embarrassment, and character assassination through the spoken word.  In the 21st century, slander, lies, and willful defamation have become the weapons of choice in how individuals choose to bring down anyone who disagrees with their opinion.

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.  1 Peter 3:10.

 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.  Ephesians 4:29

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil. Proverbs 15:28

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.  Proverbs 17:9

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.  Matt.12:36

On a sailing vessel the mate of the ship, yielding to a temptation, became drunk. He had never been in such a state before. The captain entered in the log of the ship the record for the day: “Mate drunk today.” When the mate read this entry, he implored the captain to take it out of the record, saying that when it was read by the owners of the ship it would cost him his post, and the captain well knew that this was his first offense. But the obdurate captain refused to change the record and said to the mate, “This is the fact, and into the log it goes.”

Some days afterward, the mate was keeping the log; and after he had given the latitude and longitude, the run for the day, the wind and the sea, he made this entry: “Captain sober today.” The indignant captain protested when he read the record, declaring that it would leave an altogether false impression in the minds of the owners of the vessel, as if it were an unusual thing for him to be sober. But the mate answered as the captain answered him, “This is the fact, and into the log it goes.” This is a good example of how, by an accuracy of statement, but by misrepresentation of circumstances, one can injure the character of another.  (Copied).