Do You Build Up or Destroy With Your Words?
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.
Sticks and Stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us. How untrue is that statement? Words can harm us way more than even a punch to the face. We as Christians are told to avoid unwholesome words, and to use only words that edify and encourage.
As an eight year old boy, hearing the words, “Your fat, lazy, and will never amount to anything!” were hurtful to hear from a close family member. Even today, 37 years later, when something doesn’t go my way or I mess up, I can still hear those words. I almost let them define me. But as I’ve grown in my Christian walk, I’ve learned that our heavenly father says totally the opposite. I can hear Him saying, “You are Loved, I believe in you, and you can accomplish anything with Me by your side.” What a difference our words can make.
Today in our everyday lives, we are bombarded with inappropriate, unwholesome, and hateful words. Movies, TV, Snapchat, Instagram; you name it, everywhere we are surrounded with language that degrades others. Stories of bullies that prey on those that are weaker, are read almost daily in the news. Why is this?
The truth is, unwholesome talk is about more than four-letter words that are in our vocabulary. It’s about our heart attitudes, which as Jesus points out in Luke 6:45, inevitably come out in how we act and talk. Non-believers are going to act and talk like Non-believers. However, we as Christians must guard our hearts, which is also connected to our eyes and ears. What we watch and listen fills directly into our hearts, and frankly, what we allow to go in WILL come out.
So what does wholesome, complimentary, uplifting, truthful, loving and thoughtful words produce? Proverbs 15:23 says, “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
Are these the words you use?