Before reading these insights, I encourage you to work through the study "Eating Your Words." Insights are in blue text.
The Bible has a great deal to say about our speech. Go through the verses below and note the specific commands.
Ephesians 4:29; 5:4: 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 ... Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
I encourage you to read my 1-Minute Bible Love Note called "The F Word" for some insights on this verse.
Colossians 4:6: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
This verse encourages us to employ both grace and salt (i.e. truth) in our conversations. Christians need to avoid harshness and sarcasm in our speech (see 1-Minute 3 Times to Bite Your Lip) but we must not be ashamed to speak freely about our faith in natural ways. The salt of Christianity preserves the world from evil, so we should naturally include our faith in our conversations (see 1-Minute Weird Comments).
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
I have seen this happen--a gentle word or a harsh word totally changing the outcome of a situation. May we be speakers of gentle words!
Proverbs 16:24: Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
See 1-Minute Bible Love Notes "Eat the Comb."
Proverbs 21:23: Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
How many times have I wished I could take back something I said! This proverb is so true.
Perhaps the most powerful passage about our speech is the following one which confirms the fact that our words reflect our heart:
Matthew 12: 35-37: A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
When we finish conversations with friends or strangers, we should feel comfortable with the values and opinions we've shared. We represent Christ to our world.
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