29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Refraining from unwholesome talk is something that I have struggled with my entire life and something that I still struggle with today. Whether it be cussing, or talking poorly about someone, making fun of someone, or taking part in some form of petty gossip. I believe this is something that many of us struggle with and something we all (myself included) need to get in check and in order. We all need to understand that our words matter, and that we need to choose them carefully. We need to all be aware and be conscious of what we allow to come out of our mouths, and to be sure that nothing we say is unwholesome. Unwholesome is defined as detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being; also said to be corrupt or unsound and offensive to the senses. So this means that unwholesome talk can be detrimental to a person physical and mental well-being. The Word tells us not only to avoid this type of speech, but to pretty much do the complete opposite and to only let words come out of our mouth that will build others up according to their needs. We are to build others up with our words, not tear them down or cause them any form of detriment, which is why we must choose our words carefully. This means cutting out the gossip at the water cooler. This means no more talking about people over the phone with your friends. And yes, this also means no bad mouthing people on social networks. Use your words to build people up according to their needs rather than tearing them down, so that the words you speak may benefit those who listen. Keep in mind the verse did not say to only speak words that are helpful and that build people up when you’re in a good mood, or when you’re at church… This verse applies to all age groups, all races, and in all situations and circumstances. It does not matter if everyone around you is taking part in some form of unwholesome talk, be a light and YOU be the one that speaks words of encouragement that benefit those who are listening. So I encourage you all today to think before you speak and to choose your words carefully. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and when you speak be sure that what you say is helpful for building others up according to their needs, and that it may benefit those who listen.
Let me Put some additional Word on it:
- James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
- Psalms 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
- James 3:9-11 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
- Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
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