Message from Scripture: 11/30/2021

Our message from Scripture today comes from Eph. 4:29: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

Whether we realize it or not, our words are powerful tools that can either build up, or tear down, those who hear. Whichever is the case depends on us, in what words are used, and how they are spoken. Paul said we should not be characterized by speech that is rotten or worthless, that can be hurtful or harmful in nature, but instead that which gives grace to those who hear.

When we think of the word grace, we typically associate it with God’s grace in Christ, of the blessings we have from God sending His Son to die for us. Our words should reflect the grace of God at work in us, which gets to the root meaning of grace, which is to rejoice. It carries the idea of that which causes joy or bestows a favor. It is a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. This is what our words should mean to others, that which builds up and reflects the goodness of God at work in our hearts, expressed by our communication to each other.

One person has said the tongue is the best and worst thing we each possess. It can help or hinder; it can build or destroy. This is why the psalmist prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psa. 141:3). Today, let’s serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by using our words to impart grace to others, and perhaps lead others to the grace God offers us in His word about Christ. May our speech glorify and honor the Lord, and build up those around us. God bless.