Recently, I received a letter from a TV viewer whose mother had just passed away, and he was really hurting. I wrote him a handwritten note of encouragement, and later he told me it meant the world to him. That reminded me afresh of the power of our words. Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” How true that is! Do you use your tongue to build up or to tear down? Do you gripe and complain, or praise and give thanks? Some of us have become so accustomed to speaking words of negativity and faithlessness that we don’t realize the damage we are doing to our loved ones and ourselves. If you desire to honor God with your words, spend quality time in God’s Word and let His Word cleanse your heart and control your tongue. Find a trusted friend who can hold you accountable with your speech. Make a conscious effort to use your tongue for good, for God, and for the building up of others. Now that’s REAL HOPE.