What is the most difficult thing you have ever done? Are you thinking of some strenuous physical activity? Was it climbing a mountain, scaling a cliff face or running a marathon? Maybe you thought of something different. For some people, taking a grueling, multi-day exam, like the bar exam, may come to mind. For others, it may be agonizing weeks of physical therapy. Or maybe you thought of the emotional anguish of speaking to a loved one about a problem they refuse to recognize. The world is filled with difficult things. Most of us have done several.
However, you probably didn’t think about controlling your speech. That seems easy enough. We each decide what to say, right? But Ephesians 4:29-30 talks about something many people find hard to do. It reads, “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.” (NIV)
Wow! If we applied that both to our speech and social media posts, it could change many things. Notice that we are only to speak what builds others up, what others need, what benefits them. So often we spout what we want, what benefits us, what makes us look good. Because we have been made new in Christ, our communication with others must change drastically. It must nourish their growth and encourage them.
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