Monday, August 16, 2010

Words that Give Grace

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." (Ephesians 4:29)

"Notice how comprehensively this command applies to our speech: 'Let no...but only...' There's a certain kind of speech that's never to come from our mouths, and another that should be in everything we say. That's how extensive the reach of this command really is.

'Corrupting talk' is referring to any and all communication that deters growth in godliness; any speech that hinders the cultivation of godly relationships; any words that have a deadening or dulling effect on the soul of another.

Our words are to edify - they should be 'good for building up.' And that goes for all our speech. We're specifically commanded to communicate 'only' that which edifies."

C.J. Mahaney realizes this comes through a cross-centered life. He continues:

"Truly edifying words are words that reveal the character and the promises and the activity of God. They're cross-centered words. They're words rotted in and derived from Scripture, words that identify the active presence of God, and words that communicate the evidences of grace that you observe in others. They're words that flow from a humble heart."

This is a great challenge for all of us as believers. If you struggle in this area confess to the Lord your sin and repent. Search his Word to know more of God's character so you may speak words that edify all people. This is a command to believers but not for us to just display to other believers but to every person we come in contact with. Lord, help me to speak words that edify and give grace to others so they may see your great glory.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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