“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 4:32, NIV)
Today, I decided to live by Ephesians 4:32. I dedicated myself to only speaking words that build up, rather than tear down–words that benefit instead of harm.
I made it my goal to follow Ephesians 4:32 closely.
And it was the longest half hour of my life.
The truth is, it’s hard for me to control my mouth. I’m like Anne of Green Gables: “If only you knew how many things I want to say and don’t…you’d give me some credit.” Willpower is not enough; it only lasts me half an hour. I need the Holy Spirit’s empowerment to “not let any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth”.
Not any complaining.
Not any gossip.
No unkindness under the guise of sarcasm.
No unwholesome talk. At all. Period.
Lord, please control my mouth. Grow self control in me so I won’t say everything that crosses my mind. Grant me the discernment to know when to speak and when to stay silent. Most of all, give me Your words–Your life-giving words to “benefit those who listen”, and to show them what You are like. I love You, Lord. Amen.