Ephesians 4:29-Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for building up, that it may give grace to the listeners.
The call today is to speak words that are good and wholesome. Speak what is helpful and not harmful to the well being of others. Speak what builds a person up and not tear them down.
Wholesome= Sound, whole, Healthy. Part of speech. Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws.
We have heard the saying "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." That is not true! Words o hurt.
Words can either build up, encourage, motivate or they can hurt, tear down or leave someone with lasting scars.
As people of God, we need to be very careful about what we allow to come out of our mouth.
As the saints of old would say, "If you do not have nothing good to say, keep your mouth shut"!
Words spoken out of our mouth are very important for the simple fact that they speak what is in our hearts.
Let's listen to Luke 6:45-A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[a] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
What are you speaking? Words that build up or tear others down?
Every man is known by the fruit he or she bares. What type of fruit are you bearing? Is it fruit of love, peace, unity, forgiveness, kindness, meekness, humility, gentleness, joy?
Or, is it fruit of discord, disunity, pain, harmful words, evil, hate, jealousy, envy and or confusion?
Let us all examine ourselves on today by listening to the words that proceedeth out of our mouth.
Remember, our words have power. They can either build someone up or tear them down.
The wrong words can destroy and the right word can mend.
Proverbs 15:1-2 A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. 2 Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense.
Ephesians 4:29-32-Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
30-And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31-Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32-Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Words spoken out of the mouth of those who confess Christ should be those of wholesome words which edifies the body of Christ and glorifies God our Father.
What are the words of your mouth doing to those you daily encounter? Are they building them up or tearing them down?
Is God receiving glory from the words that you speak out of your mouth?
There are 2 types of people. Those that are wise and those that are foolish.
Where do you place yourself? Among the wise or the foolish?
Listen to the words from your mouth and ask your heart to respond through conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Building up or tearing down? Which one of these does the words of your mouth produce?