Ephesians 4:29

“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.”

  • Think back on your conversations from yesterday. When you think of your recent speech, how many of your words were uplifting and how many of them were corrupt? Were they positive or negative? Did they build up others are tear them down? Did they exhibit love for others or judgement? Could others see that the love of God was in your heart by the words you spoke, or did you grieve the Holy Spirit? My telling of someone else’s shortcomings to you will not build you or them up. If I try to justify my feelings by talking negative about someone else, who am I building up? Of what benefit is that to you? We often try to justify our words when we have no justification for them. If we live by the second part of this verse and only say what builds others up and gives grace to those who hear, we will have no need to defend our words. May our love for others overcome our pride and arrogance. We must harness our words and check our motives on every conversation and each comment. Be intentional today and decide at this very moment how you will speak to and about others.
  • Is your speech uplifting in God’s eyes?
  • What percentage of your words bring grace to those who hear them?
  • Will God be glorified by what you are about to say?
  • Do the negative words that come from your mouth contradict the Godly witness you attempt to be?
  • What If this verse came to mind before words came out of our mouths? How much could we change the attitudes and feelings of those around us if we just obeyed these few words?

James 3:9-11 “With it (the tongue) we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?”

James 1:19-20 “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

Matthew 12:34 “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Matthew 4:1

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” The Holy Spirit may lead us to a place where we will be tempted, but He will not leave us there alone. Overcoming temptation strengthens us. Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

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Matthew 3:10

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” A Christian, by claim only, is not a Christian. We must live a Jesus proclaiming life. What fruit are you producing in your Christian walk? What in your daily walk sets you apart from those who do not know Christ as their Savior? Do others want what you have because of the joy they see in your life?

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Matthew 1:23

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) All other gifts are not relevant compared to the true Gift of Christmas. Jesus is the only gift we need, and the only essential gift. He is available to all who will receive Him, but no one will benefit from a gift they refuse.

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Proverbs 31:30

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” There is nothing more beautiful than a Christlike woman. As a matter of fact, the beauty of everyone is directly proportional to their walk with Christ.

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Proverbs 30:8-9

“Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” Salvation is found in Jesus and Jesus alone! Are you willing to not be poor or rich as long as you are in fellowship with God? Is Jesus alone enough for you to be content? Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” Dear Lord – may I honor You with my life and may I be content in You and the path you have

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Proverbs 30:5

“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Amazingly enough, we wonder why God will not let us see what He’s doing in the situations we find ourselves in, yet we are unwilling to open His written word. Invest your time, focus, mind, conversation, effort, and especially your heart in God’s word. No return on investment will ever compare. How much of His truth have you hidden in your heart to guide your life? Where else would you go and where else would you take refuge, other than God’s Word? Psalm 119:9-11 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” John 17:17

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