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Prime Time with God: Unwholesome Talk
By Os Hillman
Today's Prayer
Oh, how I thank you LORD! I call upon your name and trust you to provide for me, my family, all your children; to protect us from harm and evil; and to guide our steps each and every day. You have done so much for us! You are our Savior, our Sustainer, our Hope and our Comfort. I praise you LORD! I give thanks to you LORD, for you are good! For your mercy endures forever and your peace fills my soul. All glory and honor and praise to you this day of Thanksgiving and every day to come. With love and a grateful heart. Thank you.

(based in part on Psalms 105:1 and 106:1).

Unwholesome Talk
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
11-27-2014

"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" (Eph 4:29-30).

The way you interact with fellow employees at work can often determine whether you will be the leaven for Christ in your workplace or be viewed as one of the multitudes. Two defining situations in the workplace involve joke-telling and discussions about employees and bosses.

If we laugh at off-color jokes we give permission to the person telling the joke that it is OK to continue this activity in your presence. If we fail to laugh, we discourage this behavior. When someone is about to tell a joke in my presence, I stop them and ask, "Is this a clean joke? If not, I don't want to hear it." This will define future situations with that person and it will get communicated to others in the office because of your response. You might become known as the religious person in your office, but that is OK.

The other situation that can define you is how your talk about management is in front of other employees. In a workplace it can easily become a "we" versus "them" culture. If this happens you violate Paul's command to honor those who employ you. "Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive" (Titus 2:9-10).

"LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman" (Ps 15:1-3).

Remember, you are always a witness at work, whether you use words or not.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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Published 08:00 AM, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014
Updated 10:27 AM, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014

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