“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”
Words have such great power to bless or to curse. When we speak carelessly or negatively, we damage others as well as ourselves.
The ability to verbalize is an awesome privilege. Granted only to those God has created in His image. We need to wield this mighty power responsibly.
Although the world applauds quick-witted retorts, God’s instructions about communication are quite different: He says, “…be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19).
Therefore we need to develop the habit of asking the Holy Spirit to help us whenever we speak.
A prayer as simple as “Help me, Holy Spirit” before answering the phone, can yield immense benefits for our communication.
We should apply it when communicating with people around us…if they are silent, we must pray before we speak…if they are talking, we must pray before we respond.
These are split-second prayers, but they put us in touch with His Presence. As a result our speech comes under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Before long positive speech patterns we will replace our negative ones, and increase our Joy…because we will find that through our speech we are building up others. Not tearing them down.
Let it be our prayer that no reckless words will come out of our mouthes. That our tongues, by the grace of God, will proclaim wisdom and bring healing to all who hear us…amen!