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USE WORDS THAT BUILD OTHERS

If you have been reading the last few devotions, you can see that I have been dealing with words. I am always sensitive to using words wisely. I do not always use wise words and at times speak out of turn. However, I am working on how to speak uplifting words.  I remember recently seeing someone I have come to know in the marketplace and I deeply appreciate her service unto others. However, on this particular day she spoke about politics. Without sharing who the subject was, although you might suspect who it was, I had to refrain from responding for I knew that my words would not build her or me up. I remained quiet. God was reminding me that at times, it is better to say nothing without it being detrimental to anyone. I ended by sharing my gratefulness for all she does for God’s people as I remembered Ephesians 4:29.

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

Those words convicted me. Paul clearly states how to use our words. We cannot plead ignorance for God’s Word speaks of how we are to respond. Paul’s ethical teaching informs us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. Our speech should align with our actions. He goes to great lengths to share with the people that no corrupt communication can proceed from their mouths or edify another. He admonishes us that all bitterness and wrath must be put away. Let no evil come from your mouths. Use your words wisely.