THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
“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.”
Ephesians 4:29 (NLT2)
PEACEMAKERS ATTACK PROBLEMS, NOT PEOPLE
It was an extremely hot day in a major desert city. The city bus was crowded. The people were tired and miserable. Suddenly, a young man began cursing. It was one cuss word after another. The bus driver looked in the mirror and could tell the people were ashamed for him. When the young man got off the bus, the driver said, “Sir, you’ve left something.” “What?!,” he asked.” A bad impression,” said the driver.
Ephesians 4:29 reminds us that both what we say and how we say it are important. When it comes to conflict we should avoid “foul or abusive” language. The literal translation is “never let unwholesome words pass through your lips.” Many of us may have never physically hit someone in a fight but we have left them bloodied by our words. The goal in making peace is to speak words that work toward a solution and not greater destruction. Ephesians 4 uses words like good, helpful and encouragement to describe the words a “peacemaker” uses.
There was a time when parents would wash their kids mouth out with soap if they used profanity. Perhaps we need to spiritually wash our mouths out with soap. If you applied Ephesians 4:29 as a rule how would it change your daily conversations, marriage, parenting, workplace, relationship with your ex or any other key relationships in your life?