Ephesians 4 vs 29
“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.”
We spend a sizeable portion of our time in conversation; talking and sharing. Our ability to converse is a fundamental part of who we are, we converse to communicate how we feel, what we want, when we want it, what we like and dislike and, ultimately everything about us.
I spent some time in conversation with someone I had never spoken in detail with before, I only knew this person from a distance and our encounters always ended in a polite greeting. I made a lot of assumptions about the person based on the distance that existed between us. To my surprise, I must say I enjoyed the time I spent with this individual. We spoke about our families, our challenges, our triumphs, our churches, issues of faith and life in general.
After the conversation, I thought to myself, I discovered so much today and it was quite enjoyable. It made me look at people differently. In our haste we seldom spend time getting to know people, we are quick to conclude and judge. Often times our conclusions are wrong, and we end up forming opinions that we share with others.
These opinions then turn into gossip, the nasty things we share without due cause or care. Our mouths become weapons of destruction rather than construction. There is so much hurt that originates from conversation, yet this beautiful gift to converse was meant to be a blessing. Conversation is meant for us to encourage, assist, strengthen, and cheer each other up.
Christ spoke and taught, he used his short stay on this earth to correct and enlighten. Let’s evaluate what we are using this beautiful gift of communication for. Are you building or are you destroying? Begin to change the nature of what you speak about, learn to set aside the hate, the malice and anything that does not add value.
We often speak out of boredom, we run out of things to say and before we know it we have entangled ourselves in things we cannot get out of. Silence costs nothing, you don’t always have to speak. If you have nothing to say, don’t say anything. Silence is golden.
As man speaketh he thinketh, at the end of every conversation people form conclusive opinions about your character based on the conversation. These opinions form the basis of the decisions that people will make, whether to recommend you for that job you desperately need, share in an opportunity or form meaningful friendships that last.
At the end of the conversation I spoke about earlier, I felt enriched, it was time well spent. It changed my opinion of that person, I began to look at them as someone I wanted to interact with again, and given the opportunity, I would help them with no reservations.
Today, make a conscious effort to be an ambassador for good, an agent for productive change. Every word you share must be filled with positivity. It is often said that you should treat others like you would want to be treated. Begin to converse about stuff that brings life, words that matter, that encourage and help other people.
Every so often everyone needs a kind word, those words can make the difference between building up a winner and confining someone to the dust bin of failure based on bruised egos, hurt feelings and insensitive words that seek to rob the self esteem of others.
Be the person that everybody wants to spend time with and talk to, let your mouth be a fountain of wisdom and life.
What will you converse about today? Start changing lives positively through your words, share a scripture today.
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