This past Sunday we continued our series in the book of Ephesians by looking at 4:29-5:1, specifically the importance of the words we use.
Opening Scripture – Read Ephesians 4:29
Ephesians 4:29 tells us to not let any unwholesome word proceed from our mouths. Paul is saying here that the words we speak should always be wholesome and “give grace to those who hear.”
It all boils down to the fact that our words have power. Since the beginning, words have had power. Genesis records God creating by the simple phrase “God said.” His words have power, and He has given our words power as well.
Read James 3:6, 9-10
This passage in James tells us how powerful the tongue is. A big part of maturing is getting control of the words we speak. We must get our words right and begin to put a guard on our mouths.
Once we have let go of our words, there is no getting them back.
So, what is the solution?
Read Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Our call is simple: Be kind to one another. What does that look like, you ask? Imitate God (Ephesians 5:1) We are to love other people the same way Jesus loves you, and He loves you more than you can imagine.
– What makes our words so powerful?
– Why is it so difficult for us to tame the tongue?
– In what area of your life do you need to put a guard on your mouth and watch what you say?
– What is a practical way that you can practice the command to “be kind to one another”?