"Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up..."
What harmonious families, churches, and communities we would have if we took these words to heart and spoke words that build up and not words that tear down. We often either forget, or don't really believe, that we are all members of one another, that we are all the precious daughters and sons of God. There is something in us that delights in hearing and passing on gossip, or in making a cruel observation. In this political season, we're subjected to outrageous claims and distortions, sometimes bordering on outright lies. This makes good copy for the scandal sheets, but it only tears down -- people's reputations and people's faith in our institutions. Not spreading rumors builds up. Saying thank you builds up. Living thankfully with a generous heart builds up. Be a builder.