Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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.
(Ephesians 4:29 (NIV))
What comes out of your mouth?
Perhaps, a different translation says it clearer.
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
(Ephesians 4:29 (NLT))
We are clearly told that we are to not speak using foul or abusive language. If we can control the tongue, then we are one step closer to controlling the heart. When we control the heart, we are able to follow the teachings of Jesus. We are able to do everything more closely to what Paul told us in Colossians.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
(Colossians 3:23 (NIV))
If we speak in foul and abusive language, do we truly have Jesus as our Lord and Savior? Do we have the Holy Spirit within us and guiding us? Is this the type of language that God desires for us to use? The foul and abusive words only reflect what is in our hearts.
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man `unclean.’
(Matthew 15:18 (NIV))
Think about the things that you say. Do they uplift or do they come out as unwholesome talk?