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Hello and thanks for joining in on to today’s daily devotion. Today is Tuesday. February 16th. The 3rd day of the Hebraic week.
Our verse today is Eph. 4:29.
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.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths” The Greek word for “unwholesome” can also be translated as “corrupt.” When I think of that word, for some reason I think of the word “corrosive.” Something that is corrosive eats away at whatever it is attacking. Sometimes it’s visible and sometimes it’s not.
Unwholesome talk can do just that. It can tear people down little by little. Sometimes you see the effect and other times you don’t. So what are your words doing? Do you even think about what potential they may have in effecting others?
One might say, “Well, those who I’m talking about don’t even know that I’m talking about them.” That may very well be the case. But what could those words be doing to those who are hearing you talk about that person? Are we to believe that our words of hate, bitterness, envy, jealousy, anger, scorn or disrespect are not going to be corrosive to those who hear them coming from our mouths? Even if they are not directed at them, they can still be corrosive to those who are hearing them.
I believe there is much to be said about the old saying… “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
So again, what are your words doing?
Let this be a focus in your time of meditation throughout the day. Until tomorrow, shalom!