Unwholesome Talk

Ephesians 4:29 — 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 (NIV).

I want to bring your attention to the first three words of this verse: Do not let. You are the only person that can control what comes out of your mouth. I understand no man can tame the tongue, but the Holy Spirit does help us to think before we speak. He just doesn’t press a mute button when we’re about to say something stupid.

As I mentioned on a previous day, we must partner with the Holy Spirit in order to tame our tongues. His desire is for you to produce the fruit of the Spirit when you face adversity, but you still make the decision as to how you’re going to react.

Even the godliest people will sometimes allow unwholesome talk to come out of their mouths. Why? Because they don’t stop their unpleasant thoughts before they become words. We are all a part of the human race, and as long as we are still living on planet earth, there will be times you and I think hurtful and derogatory thoughts about others.

The problem is we tend to meditate on those thoughts and allow them to spill out of our mouths. We must learn to take unhealthy thoughts captive immediately. The only person your thoughts can hurt is you, but unwholesome talk will bring down everyone who hears it.

I want to encourage you today to evaluate your speech. How would those closest to you describe their conversations with you? Would they say you’re uplifting or difficult to be around? Do you tear others down, or is your speech edifying? What comes out of your mouth when nobody is listening? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, and choose not to engage in unwholesome talk.

Psalm 19:14 — May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord (NIV).

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