“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; Ecclesiastes 7-9, and Ephesians 4.
Talk about an impossible task: All my words are to be need-meeting and beneficial!
How easy to use words to add needs to folks and to use words for my benefit.
How close to God I would have to be to do this just for an hour in someone’s company. I have too many “say-its-and-regret-its.”
My walk with God must be consciously ongoing. Too often I drift along handing out whatever comes into my head and fearing not the consequences of godless words. This needs to stop.
There will come a day when I will be accountable for what I have done. I cannot be an instrument of evil. I’m not thinking here of harsh words but of unhelpful words. People need to be encouraged, verbally patted on the back. I must get into that word-wise.
“Lord, only in Your strength can I be the man You want me to be. My words often betray my relationship with You. Forgive me, Lord. Prick my conscience when it happens so that I can apologize and be restored to a right relationship to You and to others. I am desperate for Your help. Guide me. Lead me, I beg.”
Do not let ANY unwholesome talk………..good luck with that apart from God!