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.
Have you ever said something out of your mouth in anger or revenge and wish you could take it back?
Can you remember the bell of pain ringing in your heart and the stress in you mind that never seemed to cease from those unwholesome words you had spoken to someone that could not be taken back even with your apology to the person?
I have been there in the past and regretted it each time. I too have spoken words in the past that has hurt others when I was angry. Those words could not be taken back and had left me with a pain that can't be describe. A pain that I knew I DID NOT want to ever experience ever again. Therefore, I daily make it a practice to think before I speak.
As my mind is daily being renewed and transformed through the word of God and as I mature in Christ, I have and still am learning to speak those things that are wholesome and beneficial for the uplifting of others.
A lot of times we as humans have a tendency of doing to others what has been done to us but this is not what God has called us to do. We are called to build up one another and not tear down, to speak those things that gives grace to our listener.
In other words what is spoken out of our mouth should be salt that season the ears, hearts and minds of those we encounter. Yes, they should leave our presence feeling better than when they came.
Why is speaking what is beneficial to others so important? Well, one reason would be due to the fact that our words can either bless or curse, give hope or enhance hopelessness or build up or tear down.
Proverbs 18:21-Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
When we open our mouth we are either speaking life or death over someone so we must be very careful of the words we allow to come out of our mouths.
Proverbs 12:18-There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
The Apostle James tells us about how dangerous the tongue can be and the damage it can cause in James 3:5-6 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
If your attitude and speech has been one of evil, today is the day for change. You yourself eats the fruit of what you speak out of your mouth.
Evil speech originates from an evil heart. We are reminded of this in Matthew 15:18-But the words you speak come from the heart--that's what defiles you.
What are you speaking? Is it beneficial and seasoned with God's grace that He has bestowed upon you?
As followers of Jesus, we are to "cast off" from ourselves all forms of corrupt and filthy speech.
Do not use your tongue for evil but rather use it for good!
There is nothing that builds others up more than encouragement.
Therefore as we have been forgiven let us be forgiving of others and with the word of God in our hearts, let us root out of our lives the sins of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander and malice and let us by God's grace replace those things with deeds of kindness and with compassion and continual forgiveness.
Remember, speak what is beneficial to the listener.
People of God, let us truly live the example of being people who are truly the "salt of the earth" and we will in turn see lives changed and hope restored in the lives of the hopeless.