Today’s devotion is “Corrupt Communication” and my text is Ephesians 4:29-32 where we see, “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. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (KJV)
The way in which the people of God use our tongues makes a big difference in our happiness and determines whether or not we are a blessing to others. The Word of God states, “let no evil communication proceed out of your mouth,” and it goes on to say “but that which is good to the use of edifying (or encouraging).” We are also instructed to put away all bitterness, wrath, anger, and other things that will grieve the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. There are too many families and church families that are being destroyed by the things said that will need “forgiveness.” I’ve been told before that “If it’s on your mind, you might as well say it!” I have also heard, “I’m old enough now that, whatever I say, will be all right!” Both of those statements are unwise in the extreme.
As children we were probably familiar with this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but WORDS will NEVER hurt me!” But you know what? That is a false statement! As adults we realize that some of the deepest wounds and hurts come from unkind words and unjustified criticism from family, friends, and even our church family as well. That being the case, we are all exhorted to “be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” God help us to not be guilty of using our tongue to hurt others and may we never be guilty of saying or thinking, “I can never forgive you for this!” I’m so thankful that my Lord has never dealt with me in this way. Even though it is hard at times, let us be forgiving as our Savior has faithfully forgiven us.
Pastor Joey Durham