Thursday, September 19, 2013

Words...Gifts or Not?

 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)

Other translations state:
dirty talk
foul words
anything bad
anything that could hurt
corrupting talk
foul language
worthless speech
rotten words
unhealthy words
harmful words
bad language
bad words
abusive words
polluting language.

Let's see.  Do I understand?  Anything I say must be

fresh words
words that fit the occasion
helpful to other Christians
suitable for the occasion
good words
good to the listener
the right thing at the right time

and must

give grace
build up
help others grow as Christians
provide what is needed and
make others stronger.

One translation even states that each word is a gift.

Excuse me, please.  I have a little work to do.

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