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.
This is a pretty imposing mandate! The words that come out of our mouths should be only edifying and ministering. No corrupt communication, no tearing down, no evil or unwholesome speech.
Unwholesome: contaminated, dangerous, deleterious, destructive, harmful, insalubrious, lethal, noxious, pernicious, poisonous, rotten, septic, spoiled, toxic, unhealthy, unnutritious, venomous, virulent.
Wholesome: pure, beneficial, clean, edifying, ethical, exemplary, fit, good, hale, helpful, honorable, moral, nice, nourishing, respectable, restorative, righteous, safe, sound, strengthening, virtuous, well, worthy.
Let’s think about the words of our mouths in our day-to-day activities with spouses, children, friends, other family members, church family, community, and phone conversations. Are all those words 1) necessary and 2) wholesome?
It is better to remain silent than to blurt out unwholesome speech.
How can we garner some semblance of control over the tongue?
Colossians 3.2 Set your minds on the things above, not the things on the earth.
Romans 8.6 For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit, life and peace.
We must fill our minds and hearts with the things of God. Luke 6.45 ends with “for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
How’s your heart? Anxious? Angry? Give these things to God, for they are of the earth and lead to death.
Is your heart peaceful and joyful? Praise God and edify others with the words of your mouth.
Psalm 19.14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.