Jesus to You
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
The words of your mouth are, and always have been, critically important. They are important to God, to your, to your life, to your family, to your estate in life, and to the outcomes of the events of your life. Many people know something of this, but I believe few have any real idea of the true importance of what I am writing here today. Take a moment to re-read our Text for Today. If the Words of the Lord have any meaning, and they certainly do, this is a powerful command and warning to the body of Christ. Concisely stated, Paul has told us that any word from our mouth that does not edify and minister grace is corrupt. If what we say does not build up the hearer, and does not minister Godly influence in some manner upon the hearer, then it is corrupt. That does not mean you always have to be quoting Scripture. But it DOES mean just what it says. The words we speak should build people up in a Godly manner, and should offer some proper, life-giving influence upon them.
Such words may come in the form of reproof, rebuke, and correction. They may come in the form of teaching and instruction, or simply encouragement, motivation, and inspiration. They may be a Word directly from the Lord as a gift of the Spirit, or an instruction in righteousness. It may come forth as a message to a multitude, or a one-on-one exhortation or correction. They will not always be comfortable, but will, if heeded, edify and minister grace.
I pray you receive this encouragement from me today. The next time you are about to speak, or are preparing to speak, be it sermon, conversation, or counsel, ask yourself the following question. How would Jesus respond to what I am about to say? I believe there would be one of four responses on His part. He would (1) Accept it; (2) Amplify it; (3) Correct it; (4) Rebuke it. I urge you to open your heart, take a step of faith, and make yourself available for the Lord to work and speak through you at the highest possible level. When it is the Lord Who speaks through you, whether He is accepting of what you say, or amplifies what you say, or corrects that you say, He will confirm His Word through you with signs following. I believe you can KNOW when you are correctly being His ambassador. When you are, expect results. The best is yet to come, and it is resting in the words we say. Please Father! Edify! Minister grace!
Manna for Today – James 3:1-18; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-24; Psalm 19:14