Mind Your Mouth (Eph 4:29)
A little spark can lead to a big fire that burns acres of land. This pictures the deadly nature of our tongue, as James 3:5 reveals. It is part of the sinful nature of man that he cannot stop spewing out careless words that are like the sparks that start great fires. Minding one’s mouth is not an option for believers. It is to be a characteristic of one who is born again.
1. One Controller (Eph 4:29a)
What is “corrupt communication”? It is more than just scolding vulgarities. It includes words that promote worldly thoughts and motivations. It includes words that cause others to be envious, that stir up covetousness in others, causing others to desire things of the world. Be careful also of what we post in social media. Anything we post that is worldly or ungodly is also corrupt communication.
2. One Source (Eph 4:29b)
Words that are “good” are the Scripture, i.e. wisdom from the Bible. In order to help a sinner, we give him the good Word of the Gospel. When we have done wrong to others, we apologise and speak words that build up others, words that heal and mend broken relationships. Do not murmur and gossip. Do not criticise and put others down. Good words must first abound in our homes. Edify our family members. Parents must be good role models to their children in the use of words in their communication with one another.
3. One Benefit (Eph 4:29c)