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Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)
Pastor Spencer - This passage always reminds me of what many of our mothers taught us: If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything. It also reminds me of one politician's response to that motherly wisdom: If that was held to in political campaigns, they would short and silent! The term "unwholesome;" the original Greek word means "rotten;" can be translated any number of ways: corrupt, polluted, foul, evil, harmful, dirty, hurtful, bad, filthy, and/or abusive. The point is made by the rest of the verse. Paul's teaching - and God's! - is that Believers need to build each other up as each situation arises. Sometimes this may mean that we speak rather rough words; words of correction and discipline, which can often sound exactly the same as the rotten words! As with so much of God's will for us in this life, it is not the word or deed itself that is wrong or sinful, but rather the thought and motivation behind it. Telling someone to "move their butt" may sound unwholesome, but not if a car is speeding toward them and they aren't paying attention! In the same way, calling even a fellow Believer an "ass" may be necessary to get their attention and point out the foolishness of something they are doing or planning, while using the term about someone we barely know, just because we don't like them for some reason, would normally be unjustified and unchristian. And all this is to be done to impress unbelievers with the kindness, patience, and love of Believers for one another, so that they may be moved to seek more information about Christ and His Gospel, which motivates us to behave in such a way. So, say what you have to say, when you have to say it, and let it always be for a good and God-pleasing reason. Then you'll always be saying something "good," no matter what words you're using! Your mother - and God - will be pleased!
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