Watch Your Words

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is

good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Wow! This covers so much I don’t even know where to start! What does corrupt communication cover? Ungodly language, gossip, and lies to start with. Christians, stop using foul language in person and on your social media. It hurts your witness. And please, stop with the gossip and try praying instead! These things are obvious and hopefully, we all know better, we just need to do better.

We also need to stop speaking so negatively. The Bible tells us the spoken word is important. Stop speaking doom and gloom into your own life and over the lives of others. You have a friend who you are concerned is on a path to destruction? Don’t speak that on them with statements like, “He/she is going to …. if they don’t….” Take your concerns to your Father in prayer. Speak life! Speak Jesus!

The Bible also tells us we are snared by the words of our own mouth. We all commit to things without thinking at times but be careful of that. Some people just talk and don’t realize what they are saying, but their listeners do, and they are counting on that person to keep their mindlessly spoken word. Don’t be that person who speaks so thoughtlessly that you don’t even know what you’ve said. If you do speak something you can’t follow up on, admit that and apologize. Your word is important and repeated instances of not keeping it without acknowledging it is hurtful.

Stop saying things that hurt people period, even in the name of fun and games. If your words, no matter the intention, hurt or humiliate, stop.

There are times when what we have to say isn’t pleasant. Sometimes we have to speak truth for the greater good of the person, like letting them know they are on a dangerous path. Sometimes we have to express righteous anger. We don’t ever have to belittle, curse, or talk down to though. If you can’t have a necessary, difficult conversation without doing that, you aren’t ready to have that conversation yet. Go pray and come back.

Angela Cox

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