TO THE BIBLE: Ephesians 4:29 MSG
“Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.”
“Clear off!” “Are you stupid or something?” “Whatever!” These were words common with Darla. She thought it was cool to be flippant this way, until one day while reading her Bible, she came across Proverbs 18:2: “Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth” (MSG). From then on, she became careful with her words and started learning to speak to lift others up, rather than pull them down.
From our opening scripture, it’s clear that the Spirit of God doesn’t want us engaging in unwholesome or corrupt communication. The words that proceed out of your lips should be words that minister healing to a broken heart, courage to the discouraged and depressed, and comfort to those in despair.
God wants you to carefully choose the words you communicate with. Colossians 4:6 says, “Be pleasant and hold their interest when you speak the message. Choose your words carefully and be ready to give answers to anyone who asks questions” (CEV). When you speak, let your hearers get blessed, uplifted and edified because your words are seasoned with grace. Don’t be like some people who are used to only criticizing others; they don’t realise that damaging words are more destructive than a criminal’s weapon.
As a child of God, choose instead to communicate like your heavenly Father. Choose to bless and pray for others. Let your words be kind and affectionate. Refuse to have itching ears for gossip, and don’t fellowship with those who are fond of discussing the affairs of others. Let your words concerning people be graceful, inspiring, motivating and encouraging.
I only speak words that minister grace and edify those who hear me. I refuse to engage in any unwholesome communication. My words are always inspiring, motivating, encouraging and full of grace!
Practice using graceful words today. For instance, you can show appreciation for what others do for you by the kind of words you use e.g. “Thank you”, “I appreciate you” and so on.