To me, the Language section in “For the Strength of Youth” had always seemed to be about simply not swearing, but as I reread the section today I realized it had more to teach me.
It states “good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you.” This kind of changed my perspective! If we use our language to show our support and love towards others, we will have the Spirit with us. With the Spirit we can receive promptings and know better how to do what God would want us to.
What we say can also lift others. After learning to keep our language clean, we can use it to help people around us. We can cheer them up or support them through hard times.
What you and I say is a reflection of who we are. What we say should “reflect who (we) are as … daughter(s) of God”. When we use kind words and reach out in love to others, we can help remind them of the love God has for them. A simple compliment has changed days from lonely and hard to happy ones for me. We all have the power within us to make someone’s day and change their outlook on life; that power comes from our words.
Following the Savior’s example in what we say will change us. It will make us happier people and make others happy too as we share our love for everyone.
So today you and I can consider this question: “What do the words I use say about me?” After pondering on that, let’s make sure that from now on our words show who we are, daughters of God.
How do you make sure that the language you use is uplifting?
(All my quotes were from “For the Strength of Youth”)