Ephesians 4 v29
“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.”
The Apostle now moves us to put on. Put off unwholesome talk and put on …..
Is this helpful?
Does it build the person up?
Am I thinking of their need?
Is it beneficial?
Am I recognising that they are listening to every word?
Everyone can criticise but we are called to construct.
Building someone up isn’t to massage ego or tip-toe around issues why they may need building up.
What someone wants to hear and what they need to hear can be very different.
Sometimes what is needed is not a pat on the back, a sympathetic shoulder to cry on, we need a hard word, a revelatory word, something spoken that hasn’t been said before and we need outside of the box thinking.
We need words that will move us out of a position we may be stuck in.
We need words to think the opposite.
We need words to dare to believe in the face of opposition that something just maybe true!
Choose your words carefully today. Slow your mouth down. Don’t type so fast on your social media feeds. What will flow from you today? Building up? Strengthening?