“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)
Enough Already! Have you ever felt that when reading social media posts? It seems like today the caustic nature of “word-bombing” has reached epidemic proportions. Read any tweet or Facebook post which expresses an opinion about anything, and you will also read the reactions of others who feel just the opposite. Sadly, the expression of an opposing view has an added element of anger and animosity to it. There seems to be way too much parsing of the words of others in order to drive home a point. The airwaves are filled with hate, anger, disgust and cynicism. What a world we live in!
These words of admonition from the Apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus couldn’t be more apropos today! Unwholesome talk, posts or tweets seem to litter the social media highway. It’s like we have forgotten where the trash can is and have chosen to throw out our emotional litter in the first place we have an audience. For believers, especially believers in Christ, this should not happen. Sure, it feels like this should be all right because we have a constitutional freedom of speech. But, it is not healthy for any believer to be a word Molotov cocktail thrower! God desires His children to curb their expressions for the Kingdom of God. Enough already!
So, what should we be verbalizing? The answer is simple: whatever is helpful to build someone else up according to what they need at the time. Additionally, it’s not just about our intended target of blessing, but about those who may come along and actually read or hear what we are penning or saying. Earshot or eyeshot, there are people who are close to our words. Today, measure your words with grace and fill the space with words of encouragement. Just because you have the freedom to say something, doesn’t mean you should actually let the waterfall cascade.
“Dear Lord, help me curb my mouth and mute my pen today, especially if what I want to say is not what You want me to express.”