Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
I would be lying if I said that I’ve never said an unkind word. There, this admission doesn’t feel so good. It even makes me a little ashamed. The good news is that I don’t make it a habit, and am better about recognizing the error or my words.
Even more, correcting the matter by apologizing is important to me. That said, I’m well aware that to “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth” takes desire and practice. In other words, one’s heart must be right to enable the tongue to formulate kind words.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV
Pray this prayer Now, if your words need healing. “Lord, I am not perfect, but my heart is in the right place.” Will You forgive me, for those times when words leaving my lips fell short of that which You expect from a child of God.”
At that time Jesus declared, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
Matthew 11: 25
About 17 years ago my now 21-year-old granddaughter became God’s messenger in the backseat of my car. I was fussing at her about asking so many questions and being antsy. She was a daycare age. In the midst of my rant, she blurted out, “granny did you have to say it so mean?”
My heart did a backflip. It felt like she had snatched my insides out. This was the perfect example of how you can learn something from a child, “if you open your heart.”
Instantly, I felt embarrassed, remorseful and silly. Consequently, I have coined this moment as one of the richest teaching moments in my life.
Admittingly, still “sometimes I still speak before I think, but rarely these days!” If I’m deficient in divine qualities, Father please fill those voids with more love than one could ever imagine, so that my tongue will never utter words that have no place in the heart or mouth of one of yours.
I really do want to be a better person. In fact, my greatest wish is to be more like Jesus.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV