Keep your word. Don’t make promises lightly.
The broken word will also break a friendship
Or marriage, that long-time vow. The tongue is mighty
To bind or loose, to build or fully destroy.
Incautious lips remove the one most precious;
The flippant phrase is the thief of peace and joy.

Ed’s devotional for Jan. 3 focuses on words as the overflow of the heart.

O that my heart might possess
The accents of His graciousness;
That every word I breathe may bless.

For those who mourn, a note of cheer;
A word of hope for those in fear;
And love for all—both far and near.

May it be said of me
Your speech betrays Thee.
You are like the One from Galilee.

I assume this poetry is his.

Let our speech “betray” us as belonging to the Lord Jesus.

Focus question: As I listen today to my words, what do they reveal about my heart? How to fill my heart with God?

The power of words: “… his rhetoric alone has caused a steep decline in illegal border crossings.”