#VOD: Ephesians 4:29

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

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If only we truly understood the power of our words! Coming from a place of complete vulnerability, I struggle on a daily basis because of the words others have spoken to me (Even years later). It’s so easy to let our tongues get away from us & say hurtful things…

Paul is very clear here when he is speaking on this matter. Something said in a moment of hurt and/or frustration can wound someone for years to come. I say this because I know this. I still find myself on a daily basis struggling with my identity being is what others have said about me… This post isn’t going to be about how our identity is in Christ & His words over us, but more so a call to us all to watch how we speak to others…

Regardless of how frustrated you may be, they are people. They are people with feelings & they deserve to be spoken to with respect. EVEN MORE SO they are people who Jesus died for & that Jesus’ deeply cares for… It doesn’t matter who it is, those are still true.

At times, it may be something as simple as not saying anything! Other times, it’s rephrasing your frustrations into a healthy conversation that is encouraging, helpful & meaningful. Words hurt & the wounds can last a lot longer then any of us could ever imagine.

We need to listen to Paul on this matter and control our tongues. “Speaking my mind” has become the new term in today’s culture. In a lot of ways, that term is just a scapegoat for being rude, uncontrolled & careless with words.

We can get our frustrations out in a healthy & productive manner… It just takes effort. Whenever we speak, think about the fact that you are speaking to someone that Jesus’ died for & deeply cares for….

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