Ephesians 4:29 says, Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. This verse hardly needs explaining, but I feel like the world needs to hear it right now.
I have to be completely honest and confess that I struggle with this. I have been known to make cutting remarks behind someone's back, to use the occasional mild swear word, to say things that don't build people up and make them feel better. I'm not proud of it. I have asked God to help me with it and he has.
Our words are so important. Here are some other Bible verses about them:
People will have to explain about every careless thing they have said.
Your words will be used to judge you—to declare you either innocent or guilty.
People who are careful about what they say will save themselves from trouble.
We should use words that are loving to God and loving to others because that is our purpose in the Christian life. This doesn't just refer to the words we say, it also refers to the things we write. I don't read the comments on social media posts because people are so mean. Then someone says something mean to the person who said the mean thing, then someone else says something mean to them and it just goes on and on.
This week pay attention to your words and judge whether your words are good, helpful and encouraging.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.