Ephesians 4:29 - Our Words Should Edify.

Ephesians 4:29 - Our Words Should Edify. 

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of 
your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up 
according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

Ephesians 4:29 (EAV) Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil 
word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, 
but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual 
progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it 
may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear 


Corrupt or unwholesome talk. Foul speech is the sign of a 
corrupt heart, "for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth 
speaketh" (Matt. 12:34). Profanity and obscene jests and songs, even the 
frivolous and insipid conversation, have no place in the Christian's life; 
indeed, they are the hallmark of the unregenerate spirit. [SDA Bible 

We are counseled to let no corrupt communication proceed out of 
our mouth; but a corrupt communication is not simply something that 
is vile and vulgar. It is any communication that will eclipse from 
the mind the view of Christ, that will blot from the soul true 
sympathy and love. It is a communication in which the love of Christ is 
not expressed, but rather sentiments of an un-Christlike character.  

Edify or building others up. While speaking does not always have 
to be of a somber or even serious character, it should always edify 
or build up, making men better than they were before they heard the 
words. As in v. 28 the Christian's work was to be for the benefit of 
others, so here his words also are to be for the good of his fellow men. 
[SDA Bible Commentary] 


Instructions for Christian Living: Ephesians 4:17-32.

You have been set free from the old life, so why live in those 
old sins anymore? Anything evil from the old life that is brought 
into the new life will give the devil a beachhead. Paul names such 
things as lying, losing your temper, stealing, corrupt speech, 
bitterness, and an unforgiving spirit. These sins invite Satan into your 
life, and they hurt you, harm the church, and grieve the Spirit of 
God. Is it worth it? [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 
Wiersbe re vv. 17-32] 

We can grieve the Holy Spirit by the way we live. Paul warns us 
against unwholesome language, bitterness, improper use of anger, 
brawling, slander, and bad attitudes toward others. Instead of acting that 
way, we should be forgiving, just as God has forgiven us. Are you 
grieving or pleasing God with your attitudes and actions? Act in love 
toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, just as God acted in love 
by sending his Son to die for your sins. [Life Application SB re 
vv. 28-32] 


  When Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus in chapter 4, he 
instructed them about how to live differently from the way the ungodly do: 
don't steal, work honestly, give generously, etc. In this verse, 
however, he teaches about the importance of the words they speak, a 
message just as applicable to believers in the twenty-first century as 
to those early Christians. For most of us, "foul or abusive 
language" isn't what trips us up. Instead, it's the critical, judgmental, 
unloving, harsh, or subtly sarcastic words that slip out from time to time 
and tear down the people around us (especially those we are closest 
to). Paul holds us to a higher standard: speak only words that are 
encouraging and words that build others up. In a moment of conflict, 
irritation, or frustration, less-than-helpful words can so easily slip out 
of our mouths. Oh, how we need the Holy Spirit to work Christ's 
gentleness and love in our hearts so that the words we speak will truly be 
words that give grace. 
  LORD, may my heart and words today be full of encouragement 
and may they give grace to others. Work your gentleness and patience 
in me so that I won't be so quick to respond in ways that don't 
honor you. "May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be 
pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." [Praying Through The 
Bible By Fuller re Eph. 4:29] 

The Christian not only stops saying unwholesome things; he also 
begins to say things that will help build others up. [NIV SB] 

  As part of Christ's body, believers must not use "foul or 
abusive language." This includes gossip, slander, and coarse language 
(swearing, telling coarse jokes, or otherwise speaking in an off-color 
manner). Such speech is worthless, spreads worthlessness, and leads 
hearers to think about worthless matters. Such speech does not please 
  This can be a tough one, for words slip out quickly--especially 
if we're frustrated or angry. At other times, we may change our 
speech slightly in order to fit in with a particular group. Yet to be 
transformed by Christ means the transforming of your mouth. If you want to 
please God in your conversations, watch your words. They should be 
clean and truthful, encouraging those who hear them. 
  Proverbs 15:28 says, "The heart of the godly thinks carefully 
before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words." 
Improper language should have no place in your conversation because it 
does not reflect God's gracious presence in you. How can you praise 
God and remind others of his goodness when you are speaking 
coarsely? [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Eph.4:29] 

  Jesus said, "Whatever is in your heart determines what you 
say" (Matthew 12:34). Now that your heart has been cleansed and 
changed because of your new relationship with Jesus, the words you say 
are going to change as well. 
  What does wise speech look like? Wise speech is made up of 
words that are encouraging, uplifting, kind, and caring. Wise speech 
gives good and helpful advice. Words are wise when they are well 
considered before they are spoken, or are silent when silence is required. 
Words are wise when they are filled with good motives and speak only 
the truth. 
  As you seek to please God with your words, trust his Spirit to 
help you. It may take time, so don't get discouraged. Perhaps you've 
been used to gossiping, using coarse language, or speaking harshly to 
others. Those habits will die hard, but the Spirit will go to work on 
your words, helping you take control of what you say and how you say 
it. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Pro.16:23] 

The tongue is the indicator of the person.  What we talk about 
all the time is what we live.  The words we use and the words we 
don't use define what we are thinking, feeling, and becoming.  [Karen 
Burton Mains; Time with God devotional SB re Mat.12:34] 


Colossians 4:6 (NKJV) Let your speech always be with grace, 
seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.  


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