Positive encouraging words

September 21st, 2010

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:29 “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.”

Unwholesome is not a word that is used all the time today. Dictionary.com says it is something that is “detrimental to physical or mental health: an unwholesome climate” and something that is “morally harmful or depraved: unwholesome practices”.

Ephesians 4:29 is relating it to speech. We are not to let unwholesome words come out of our mouths. Why? Because they have a tendancy to discourage or tear down those who hear them.

I like the second part of the verse, it tells us the type of words that we should be using. Words that build others up according to their needs. We need to speak words of life, words of faith, words of encouragement. Words that build up those who hear them.

As the Book of James tells us in a number of places (James 1:26, 3:1-2), the tongue and the words we say have so much power. The power to build up or the power to tear down. Let’s all purpose in our hearts today to use positive encouraging words.

God Bless,