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Leave the Second Half Off

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Written by Brenda J.

Do we sometimes get tired of hearing the negativity that comes from our own mouths? Here’s a tip I learned, but sometimes forget; “LEAVE THE SECOND HALF OFF…”

There are some mornings I wake up with these words in my mind; “blessings and cursing should not come from the same lips.”

I think it’s the Holy Spirit reminding me to love people He puts into my life and not gripe about them. Not talk about their flaws, just love them well.

I’m sorry when I forget this verse and am even more sorry when I ignore it.

“but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.” James 3:8-9 ESV

I remember in a class I took once on handling emotions where it was said, “Leave the second half off…” This was referring to when we say something and add an afterthought like: “He is really nice, but…he talks too much” or “She means well...she just always says the wrong thing” or “I liked the dinner you just had a little too much salt.”

What if we just left the second half off? What if we thought before we spoke? Maybe if I did this better I wouldn’t wake up with that verse ringing in my ears. Perhaps I would wake up, like some mornings, with a song on my heart.

Help us, Lord, to love better, to see goodness and to speak words of life and leave the second half off.

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