Unwholesome Talk

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Growing up there was an evident difference between people who are born again and those who were not. It was all in black and white; both in the physical appearance and also in the speech. When someone got born again on Sunday, it was expected that from Monday they would dress differently, talk differently and have different priorities in their lives. I sometimes long for that in today’s generation; things are different. It is not easy to know who is born again and who isn’t. Especially when it comes to words; words that come from our lips to another’s ears, and words that we type using our fingers directed to the public eyes.

Paul directs us on how to live like children of the light. In Ephesians 4:29 he talks about the words of those who walk in the light, he warns: ‘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.’

This shows that we shall be judged by words that come from out of our mouths. People are listening, and our words are influencing them. Do our words benefit those around us, those who follow us and those who are listening to us?

Your words are a reflection of who you are on the inside. Your words can reveal your character and whether you are a child of the light or of the darkness. The words come out of us naturally out of the abundance of our hearts, out of a sinful heart comes sinful words. So when we get born again we become a new creation, clothed in a new nature; characterized by righteousness and so our speech should reflect that.  We cannot have it all; we cannot balance; creating time for both light and darkness. We need to pick a side and walk in it. Paul tells us to refrain from saying things that are hurtful, misleading, hurtful, poisonous, sinful and inappropriate.

They say women utter an average of 20,000 words a day while men speak an average of only 7,000. Today you will speak many words; you will post some on social media. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; may God help us all to speak edifying words, that we shall encourage, heal wounds, strengthen, bring people together, help, inspire, build up, calm tempers and benefit those around us.


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