Honey Do Words

My friends, no one should use curse words, not even adults. This should be especially true of those who profess to be God’s people. Christians are commanded to, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph. 4:29). James said, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (Jas. 3:10). James also warned that if we do not control our mouths our religion is vain/useless (Jas. 1:26). As you can see what we say matters a lot to God. Therefore, we ought to make a strong effort of only using wholesome speech.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him REFRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL, and his lips that they speak no guile:” (1 Pet. 3:10).
Now, no one in our home uses curse words but nevertheless we have a small list of BANNED WORDS which we believe to be unwholesome. The penalty for using one of the words is to complete a “honey do.” The Mama/Honey of the house decides the household task and assigns it to the offender. One banned word we have is to tell someone to SHUT-UP. The other day the kids were arguing and I couldn’t hear on the phone and told them to “shut-up.” Later, one of the kids yelled at the others to shut-up and received a honey do. Wouldn’t you know it she threw me under the bus? “Daddy said shut-up earlier.” (funny!). The point is kids understand that if something is wrong it is wrong for everyone. So, I guess I’ll receive a honey do too. (smile).
“But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons” (Col. 3:25).
Richard Stevens, III

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