Watch the drama that accompanies this message: You Don't Say

Dámaris Carbaugh: Hello, ladies. God bless you. I have been given the task of speaking to you, or summarizing, if you please, of the matter of abstaining from slander.

This is chapter 6 in the wonderful book, Adorned. I love how Nancy gave it this title: “You Don’t Say.”

Words matter. Words can be wonderful . . . and words can be so hurtful.

Our God describes Himself as The Word. Remember, in chapter 1 of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (v. 1)?

So when it comes to words, talking, how careful we must be as we try to model to our younger sisters (I’m sixty-two, so I’m definitely the older one here) that what we say is so important. I am so thankful that the Word of God is very clear to what should be coming out of our mouths. Can you say, “Amen”? (Audience responds with “Amen!”)

This is not in the script, but I’m going to stop for thirty seconds to tell you something. I did jingles for many years—I sang commercials. They haven’t gone away. Have you noticed? Why? Because they work. People get degrees in marketing because when you push something the right way, people will buy it, people will get it. So I have a jingle for you tonight. Do you want to hear it? (Audience replies, “Yes!”) Read your …