Words matter. The syllables that come forth from our mouths or are penned by our hands can inspire, deflate, build up, destroy, exude love, or drip with hatred. Our utterances sprout friendships and create enemies. Even the most casual comments can bring joy or despair to the ears and hearts of others.
I find God’s thoughts on the subject very interesting and challenging. In Ephesians 4:29, the Bible says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Give grace to others – what a noble thing to do. Synonyms for grace like honor, dignify, enhance, and glorify come to mind. Of course, the grace of Christ is the free and unmerited favor and blessings of God himself.
I don’t know about you, but far too often, comments eek out of my mouth without enough forethought or concern for the glory of others. Sometimes my sarcastic tones or teasing nature can leave others wounded and hurt. At other times, our own internal bruises and scars come out in words, leaving others damaged and bleeding as well.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t have to be that way. Our words can impart grace and improve the lives of others.
One place where people are far too flippant with their words is social media. Unfortunately, the detached nature of the medium encourages people to post things they would never say in person. They pass on lies as truths, release anger and antipathy toward those with different views with bellicose ramblings, and happily belittle neighbors who don’t share their own worldview.
Truth told, Christians can be some of the worst, often utilizing the mocking tones and disparaging remarks that are common to the human race.
Please listen, my friend, our words matter. The world is listening. We can do better; we must do better. We are called to do more, be more for the benefit of those we encounter.
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Just remember – those are God’s words to you, not mine. With His pronouncement in mind, go forth this day and impart grace to all you encounter. Their lives – and your own – will be the better for it.
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