“No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
This verses has a deeper meaning than do not curse and build up the poor.
“No foul language” does not merely mean do not curse or do not use explicit language. It means do not harm another with your words. I can say things that appear insignificant but that hurt the other person so much. The words you say should be edifying. (This includes constructive criticism, as it teaches the person receiving.) We should speak words that teach and build the other person up.
“Someone in need” is not limited to someone who is poor or heartbroken. “Someone in need” is all of us. None of us are perfect. We are in need of edifying words. Through these words we can grow.
Everyone is fighting their own battles. We may not know what the other person needs or is going through, but we can take a stab in the dark and speak words of encouragement.
We should be graceful with each other. Do not hold others to a standard of perfection but hold them to a standard of attempting. Trying is what matters. Try to build each other up, try not to judge, try to be graceful with one another.
The power of building someone up is magical. A simple “good job” or “nice outfit” can make the difference in someone’s day. Even if you are feeling down, take courage and build up someone else.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday,
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