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. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)
My heart has always been tender on this subject. I constantly see people tearing each other down when it's supposed to be the complete opposite. In Ephesians 4:29, it tells us to not let ANY unwholesome talk come out of our mouths. If it isn't something that will help someone else, you shouldn't even SPEAK it!! There is so much power in the words we use! Remember in Genesis, God SPOKE light, vegetation, and even the animals on earth into existence. So imagine how much power is in our words?
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)
So how do we change the way we talk to one another? It tells us in Philippians.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
First it starts with our minds. Turn the negativity OFF in your mind! Think pure and lovely thoughts! If we aren't dwelling on negative things, then we can see the positive things in people. Remember we are ALL flesh. If we were all perfect then we wouldn't need a Savior! But we do need Jesus. And if you aren't showing people that, then how will they know?
This was written from the heart of Ashley Pierce! I, Ashley am taking a stand and I encourage you to do it with me! My mind will be set on pure, lovely and admirable things because I know this effects what comes out of my mouth! And I know with what comes out of my mouth can either bring someone down or build others up! I want to lead by Jesus' perfect example! If you agree to do this with me, please comment below! I know you could help encourage others!