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.
Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Have you ever thought of how you use your words in your daily basis? Do you use them to help and lift others and help them to reach their potential in life; or you just you use them as the tool to destroy other's confidence and cause conflicts among brethren?
There are some people who don't have friends because they tend to be outspoken; they speak their mind in everything without sometimes considering the consequences that follows. They hurt others by their words and no one seems to like them; because they have what is so called the tongue of the sword.
Here Paul the Apostle is trying to teach the Ephesians that they should not use polluting language, nor evil word or allow worthless talk ever come out of their mouth. Then he continues by telling them that they should talk good speech that will be beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, while making sure that is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace to those who hear it.
This morning, I just want you to know who keep his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble, Proverbs 21:23. If you want to stay away from troubles in this life you need to learn to tame your tongue. You need to learn to use your words properly and know the exactly time you need to express your message for those who are in your circle of influence.
The author of the Book of Ecclesiastes says there is a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be quiet and a time to speak, Ecc 3:7. I want to encourage you to ask the Lord to give you wisdom to know a time to be quiet a time to speak. You need to ask Him to set a guard over your mouth and keep watch over the door of your lips.
Pray this prayer with me by faith and God is going to answer your prayer....
Heavenly Father, forgive me for hurting other people by my words. Lord I'm asking that You may give me wisdom that I may know a time to be quiet and a time to speak. Help me to use my words for bringing encouragement for those who hear from this day forward to the days to come. In Jesus' Name, Amen.