Words have power. No, they cannot break bones. But they have power. A word well placed can soothe anger, it can create good will, and it can provide comfort. A careless word can cause much destruction. It should be no surprise then that the Scriptures speak to how we are to use our words.
One such section is Ephesians:
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 (4:29).
Here we have a contrast between unwholesome talk and words which build up. With this contrast it seems that unwholesome talk would refer to the type of talk which destroys and doesn’t edify. Paul is wanting us to live as new men (4:23, 24). Part of this new conduct should be a change in how we use our words.
So the challenge today, use your words to build others up , not tear them down.
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