There are two types of makeup: the kind we wear on our face and the kind we wear in our speech. Today, Jeff expresses the importance of avoiding false forms of speaking, especially as Christians.
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“Let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under condemnation.” – James 5:12
True Beauty is in the Heart
“Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of robes, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Proverbs 18:21
“He who keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” – Proverbs 21:23
“He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who utters slander is a fool.” – Proverbs 10:18
“There are six things which the Lord hates, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers.” – Proverbs 6:16-19
“But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under condemnation.” – James 5:12
“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29
“All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.” – Proverbs 8:8
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” – Colossians 4:6
“my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.” – Job 27:4
“Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” – James 1:19-21
“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips!” – Psalm 141:3
“If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion is vain.” – James 1:26
“He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile;” – 1 Peter 3:10
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” – Isaiah 52:7
Lies Can Ruin Reputations
“Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty: of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor; of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them; of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.” – CCC 2477
“Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one’s neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity.” – CCC 2479
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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
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