Eph. 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.
I am appalled at how some professing Christians speak. They use the language of the world without little thought or regret. I have heard some use the Lord's name in vain as a normal part of their speech. I have heard Christians speak unkind words towards others with little regard for their feelings. I have heard far more discouraging and demeaning words come from the mouths of believers than I care to admit. I have heard some pastors use curse words in and outside of the pulpit. There seems to be little thought given to what we say or how we say it.
We are reminded in today's text to watch carefully what comes out of our mouths. Our speech reflects what is in our hearts. What we speak should be good and helpful words. We are to encourage others in their understanding and walk instead of discourage them. We are to let the Spirit of God control our hearts so that what comes out of our mouths will be good and not evil. We must also realize that what we listen to affects us. What we hear is implanted in our minds and easily becomes part of our speech.
What we say not only reflects what is in our hearts, it impacts those who hear us for either good or evil. Let us determine today to honor the Lord with our speech. Actions may speak louder than words, but words can destroy whatever good we do.