Ephesians 4:29 (NASB) 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.
"You know you can't do it!" While gluing some pine boards together, the man working with me made the comment, “You just can't do it no matter how you try.” He was speaking of putting the toothpaste back in the tube. Today's verse speaks of unwholesome words coming out of our mouths. As we were careful with the glue we were using, I began to think of his comments about the toothpaste, and how today's verse is exactly like that. Once those words come out of our mouth, we can't get them back in no matter how we try. Sure, we can apologize after words, but sometimes the damage is already done. If we only use words to build each other up, words of comfort, words of love, we won't have to try and get them back in our mouth. Like the toothpaste, it's an impossible task. So why not use the right words and not have to worry about cleaning up the mess our words can make.
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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