Watch What You Say

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Ephesians 4:29 (The Message)

Our conversation as Christian’s is important and as such we should be aware of everything thing that we say. In the book of Proverbs, the writer consistently talks about wise speech. Proverbs 18:4 (KJV) says “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.” In essence, this scripture simply means that wise speech is like a never-ending flow of God’s blessings. Wise speech should be supportive, promoting, and encouraging.

Have you ever felt warm and fuzzy when someone has said beautiful words to you? Those words made you feel on top of the world and they made you feel like you really mattered to someone. On the contrary, have ever you felt like slithering away into a hole when someone has spoken harsh words to you, words that made you feel that there was nothing you could do right? Words play an important part in how people perceive us. Words can help and words can harm. They have a lasting effect on the person they were spoken to.

As believers, no foul or corrupt language should come from our mouths. As new creatures in Christ, the old man should no longer rule our attitudes, actions, behaviors and speech. We should be aware of taking off the clothes of the old self and putting on or dressing ourselves in the new man daily. How do we dress our speech in the new man’s speech? Words of inspiration, words that elevate, words that edify, and gracious words are all words the new man in Christ uses with his fellow brothers and sisters. We should never seek to tear down or destroy with our words, but to build up. My grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Solomon says it so eloquently in Proverbs 18:21 (The Message), “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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