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Never Tear Others Down—Rather Build Them Up

A wise man or woman, [Solomon] says, uses words to build others up, to heal their wounds and fortify their self-esteem. Our natural inclination is to join in on the office gossip, or use angry words to defend ourselves when under attack. Solomon urges us to choose to act contrary to our natural inclinations, refusing to take part in gossip and avoiding the use of words that would hurt others. He urges us to replace negative words with positive ones.

Excerpted from The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K. Scott

Daily Reflection: In what ways will you choose to act contrary to “natural inclinations”?

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