Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. — Ephesians 4:29
I knew before I said it that I should not. But she always understands, she knows my heart, and I desperately needed to vent. Doesn't that make it okay? No. No, it does not. All I had succeeded in doing was focusing on the problem and bringing my sister down. God’s name was not hallowed and I was not better for it, neither was my listening friend. I was keenly aware of the fruit of this conversation as throughout day and even into the next morning I was filled with bitterness, regret, and conviction.
The words we speak matter. They really do. Scripture tells us that out of our hearts, our mouths speak. No matter how justified it may seem or how angry we are, our bitterest moments need to stay between us and the Lord. Only He is capable of sifting through the emotion and directing us to truth. We are not good friends when we burden a sister with details she was not meant to receive.
Realistically, our words will either build others up or tear them down. They will speak life or death. What are you speaking?
Father, forgive me when my thoughts and words do not reflect Your life in me. Help me to be life-giving in my conversations and bring my hurts to You alone.
Do you struggle with gossip or venting?
How does this verse help you to see the power of your words?
Tiffany is a child of God, saved by mercy and grace. She is married to an amazing man and they have and homeschool three children. She is blessed with the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mama who has learned how important it is to laugh and that joy is a choice. Life has had no shortage of highs and lows but through it all, God has been faithful! The continual cry of her heart is to have less of herself and more of her Savior.