The Weight of Words

By:  Seth Wharton


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.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION: To me, the weight of this verse seems to be overlooked quite often.  Today’s culture has taught us to be quick-witted and that one-upping others with sarcastic remarks is perfectly fine.  The majority of television shows are based on quick-witted, satirical humor (although The Office is one of my favorite shows of all time).

PERSONAL APPLICATION: In order for me to love as Christ did I feel like it is necessary to live by this verse.  I must be cautious of the words I speak to others.  It is important for me as a Christian to be building others up and encouraging them in Christ rather than cutting them down and making them feel as if they have no self worth.  I should be constantly seeking ways to lift someone up and showing them, whether through words of actions, that they are loved and valued.

PRAYER: God thank you for all of your many blessings.  Please guide my actions today.  Quicken to my spirit the words that you would like me to speak to others.  Let my tongue be a healing instrument today instead of a dagger to someone’s self-esteem.  I love you God and praise you for all that you are doing in my life, and all of the things you have yet to do. Amen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Seth is a rising sophomore at Lee University.  He is the drummer for the Christian band Skyhook.  He loves music and building drums as well as dreaming and seeing those dreams come true.  He also loves people.

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