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    Mark thanked the Lord that his friend had taken his warning so well and continued to ask God for strength for his friend to fight this temptation.

    Can you identify several of the previous suggestions put into practice in this example?

    John Howe once had dinner with a person who talked most of the time about the excellent qualities of the new king, Charles I. The man inserted several swear words into his conversation, which Mr. Howe painfully noticed.

    Upon the close of their dinner, Mr. Howe said, "There is one excellent quality of our king that you have not mentioned, and I believe it is a very important one."

    "What is that?" the man asked.

    "He never uses profanity in his conversation," Mr. Howe replied.

    When seeking to correct others, how do differing situations require different approaches?

Persons in leadership positions can be influential through regulation and example to curb transgressions of open profanity. The following examples illustrate this truth.

    George Washington's Orderly Book of August 3, 1776, included this comment:

    "The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane swearing, a vice hitherto little known in the American army, is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will by example as well as influence endeavor to check it, and that both they and the men will reflect that we can have little hope of the blessing of heaven on our arms if we insult it by our impiety and profanity. Added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without temptation, that every man of sense and character detests and despises it."

How are leaders able to reduce open profanity among those who are placed under them?

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