“Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29 The Voice
What are rotten words? Words that come out of anger, rage, malice, slander, fear and are filthy. Wicked. Lies. Evil. Deception.
What are fresh words? Words full of grace, encouragement, truth, love, compassion, gentleness, humility and meekness. Wholesome. Beneficial. Confident. Even bold.
I have heard lots of sayings that allude to the proportion of time that we should speak versus listen. As in, “We have two ears and two eyes and one mouth for a reason. Use them proportionately!” I used to find this amusing but now I just recognize it as truth. Our words have the power of life and death in them.
Some of the things that are associated in scripture with fresh words: life, keep from trouble, sweet like honey, hope, wisdom, peace, love, instruction, healing, love life and to see good days. What we speak has the power to build someone up or tear them down.
Lord, do not let even one rotten word seep out of my mouth. I pray that my words will be Your words spoken in love.