“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.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ephesians 1-4.
I am struck again by the Word of God!
The misuse of words is where I live, unfortunately. Too often my words bring unhappiness.
The thought that my words are the overflow of my heart is even more disheartening.
I write so often about the need to be right with God. I write it, but oh so often am loose from Him. I can think that I’m close to Him but my words betray me.
The words I should be using, according to today’s verse, are supposed to “benefit” those who hear them. That is a burden, for sure!
My words are to be a gift, something nice. Something welcomed by those who hear them. What a way to go I have on that one!
Those in my midst would surely be the beneficiaries of my getting this verse right. This, however, does not just require a commitment to be better. This requires a heart right with God that produces a Godly default mode when I am about to speak.
“Lord, thank You for loving me enough to instruct me. To reveal to me the errors of my way. I need to use Your Words to bless those who hear me. Forgive me for putting coal in the stockings of those within earshot. Cleanse my heart. Fill me with You, I pray this day.”
My words are indicators of my relationship to God. Am I handing out word gifts?