Scripture in the Morning #103
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.
Here we are told to not gossip, slander, or ridicule – for such is, of course, corrupting talk.
What else is corrupting talk? No need here for opinion – we have God’s word…
Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
There is more that is corrupting talk…
James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers,
More still – here what is in view as corrupting talk is any talk that breeds discontentment in others…
Hebrews 13:5 be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Speaking corrupting words into the lives of others is so easy if we are not careful. Often those closest to us – those we feel most comfortable with and least judged by – are precisely the people we gossip to, complain to, tell course jokes to – all of which are spiritually damaging to them. We are often most likely to use our speech sinfully in front of those closest to us – precisely the people we want most to bless (rather than be a stumbling block to). This is not good.
We need to pray that the Lord protect those around us from our sinful use of speech. We should also pray for grace to speak love and blessing into their life. There is much to pray for this fine morning. May your time before the Throne of Grace be most blessed.