Giving Grace (Eph. 4:29)

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."--Ephesians 4:29 Corrupting=decaying, unwholesome, with the "scent of death." Would you like your words to be characterized using those words?

And yet, how often do I spew out unkindness towards my children, words that cut them deeply, wound them, and bring with it a "scent of death"?

It doesn't take much to let those words escape, but the damage they inflict can last a lifetime. Trust me, I know. But as believers in Christ, we have His power to speak words of life, not death, words that build up, words that are fitting, words that are gracious. I need to be willing to put off that old self that tends to deviate towards the easy road and put on the new self that seeks to become more like Jesus, to speak like Him.

For today:

  • How would you characterize your words? How would you rate them? Are they good to hear? Edifying? Fitting and helpful? Grace-giving?
  • Before you speak, ask the Lord to help you to reshape your words so that they would mirror His heart for others.

PS I'm going to be jumping ahead just a bit tomorrow, but all for good reason! See you then!