My Words Can Bring People Down or Uplift.
In the scripture reading this Sunday, I was moved by Ephesians 4:29. This verse instructs me to let no corrupting talk or words come out of my mouth but that which will build others up. This will also give grace to those who hear them.
The last part is what struck me the reasoning being that I have a 3-year-old niece who often rides with me in the car. I have had to explain my words to her when I say something about other cars. God has made me aware that I need to ask Him to help me to use words that are building up others not ones that teardown.
Pleasant, Appropriate and Gracious Words
Therefore, I sought out what God’s Word had to say about comes out of our mouths. In Proverbs, I found a lot about the type of speach that should come out of my mouth. Gracious words are good for the soul and health to the body. Thus, I desire to speak graciously so that those around me will be lifted up.
When my words are rightly spoken they are like apples of gold in a setting of silver. It is better to speak wisdom in quiet than shouting among fools. This would draw others to Christ and others would want to know me.
Do I Always Make the Right Choice? No.
Now, I have to admit that there are often many times when I do not say the kindest of words in traffic. It is challenging to explain my poor choices to my niece. She has made me very aware of how what I say comes across to others.
So I need to be more mindful of what comes out of my mouth not only with my niece but with whomever is near me. I am a poor example of Christ when I speak unkindly about others. I know that God can help me with what comes out of my mouth if I abide in Him.
Thinking of being in His image reminds of this Hymn: Lord Jesus, Imprint Your Image on My Heart
Lord God, help me to be ever mindful of my speech and give me the ability to say what others need to hear. Forgive me, Lord, when I fall short. Help me to be a good example to my niece. Amen.