Let my Words Speak Truth.

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”

Ephesians 4:29 (Amplified)

Words. We use them everyday, many times we take them for-granted, throwing them about with no consideration to what we are saying and who we are saying them too. Rather than choosing our words carefully we allow our emotions let our mouths run rampant and share words that should have never been said. Our emotions and feelings in any given moment choose our words for us with no consideration of consequence until we realize we have broken someone down or shared something that was told in confidence.

Our words have power.

Words can break someone down. Words can lift someone up.

Many of us our familiar with Ephesians 4:29, and we read it with agreement, in the back of our minds checking that since we do not curse we’ve got this down. However, unwholesome talk or worthless talk is not simply limited to cursing, or yelling, it doesn’t end at our anger but it envelops a range of things. Unwholesome talk starts in the morning as we complain about another day at work with that one employee we don’t get along with, or the anger when someone cuts you off on the highway as you spill your coffee down your front. Our words are powerful, and we want to use them, but use them appropriately.

Recently a youth pastor friend of mine shared about asking his students about what he has said or done that has impacted their lives. To his surprise one of the girls in his group responded that the one thing he did that CHANGED her LIFE was tell her “I believe in you, you can do anything.” One simple sentence. Just eight short words, nothing fancy about them, but they changed a life, they allowed someone to believe in themselves and the future they had in store. Our words have power that we forget and don’t realize, if something as simple as ‘I believe in you’ can change a life, just imagine how much impact our negative words have on others?

As humans we believe words easily, even when the Bible contradicts what we are told in the world we believe in the negative words that are spoken over us, that we are worthless, dumb, unloved, alone, a mistake, a failure. These words are lies. Lies that we should never speak over someone.

Let’s be intentional about the words we choose to speak. Make intentional choices when talking to people that instead of spreading rumors and sharing gossip, and being negative we need to spread words of encouragement, words that speak life and fill people with the love of God.

We want to build people up, encouraging each other, simple words can change a life and encouragement will change the atmosphere entirely, it is positive and it leaves hope. True encouragement is found in the word of God and it will change lives.

-Elle

 

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Words, Hawk Nelson

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