Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that is may give grace to those who hear (Eph 4:29).
Have you ever seen something that wasn’t intended for you to see because it was critical of you? Have you ever heard something that wasn’t intended for you to hear because you were the object of the conversation?
Recently I saw something that wasn’t intended for me though it’s words were aimed right at me. Now I’ve thought of myself as rather “tough-skinned” but I must admit that those words were pretty cutting. And I have to say that they’ve continued to pound in my mind and on my heart. As I was thinking about this, I remembered God’s instruction from Ephesians 4:29. I realized how what I had seen had not given grace to me at all…maybe an ulcer, but certainly not grace! I experienced firsthand what it felt like to be cut by someone’s words–something I seldom think about when I am doling out my own doozies. And I also remembered those words that I had sung so many times as a child: “O be careful little mouths what you say. O be careful little mouths what you say. For the Father up above, is looking down in love, O be careful little mouths what you say.”
Please take this as a reminder and/or rebuke as the case may be. If you are genuine believer you are an instrument in the hand of God for the spread of His grace. Make sure that what you say, tweet, email, or post is serving up everyone who reads or hears (even those that may or may not be the intended audience) a good helping of God’s grace.
Perhaps we’ll explore the characteristics of these grace-giving words in a future post.