Monday, October 18, 2010

Thoughts from Archibald Alexander 1772-1851

I have been reading an article written over a hundred years ago entitled "Thoughts for Young People." Yes, some of it is outdated, but some of it is ever so relevant... for today... and for me...

Here's a snipet...
Permit me to suggest the following brief rules for the government of the tongue. Avoid talking too much: "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin" (Pr. 10:19). If you have nothing to communicate that can be useful, be silent. Think before you speak ...Especially, be cautious about uttering anything in the form of a promise without consideration. Be conscientiously regardful of truth...Never speak what will be likely to excite bad feelings of any kind in the minds of others. Be ready on all suitable occasions to give utterance to good sentiments, expecially such as may be useful to the young. Listen respectfully to the opinions of others, but never fail to give your testimony - modestly but firmly - against error. "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt...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" (Col 4:6; Eph 4:29).

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