Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:25-32
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).
What we say is very important, especially, as the children of God. A careless word spoken by anyone who is known as a child of God may forever discourage a soul from coming to know and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of their life.
James talks about how difficult it is for anyone to tame or discipline the tongue. Furthermore, he referred to the tongue as an unruly evil (James 3:6-8). We can take control of our tongue by taking control of our thoughts. “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:24).
If you will allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in your life, you will be able to effectively control your speech. The word admonishes us to let the words that come out of us be with grace seasoned with salt, to enable us know how we
ought to answer each person that comes our way. For example, Barnabas was referred to as the son of encouragement by the early Church (Acts 4:36). We should always seek the help of the Holy Spirit to help us say the right words; words that will bless rather than curse, encourage rather than discourage and edify rather than relegate. Do people enjoy staying around you because your words bless, encourage and edify them or do they regret coming
in contact with you? Think about that.
1. Lord, help me to make my speech wholesome.
2. Lord, help me to be mindful of my utterances at all times.