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 

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT) Dont use foul or 
abusive language. Let everything you say be good and 
helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement 
to those who hear them.  

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP) 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 (Gods favor) to those who hear 


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 (Letter 43, 1895).  6BC1117 


Ministry of Appreciation
   Radical gratitude means youre going to 
walk through life being grateful in every 
situation, no matter what"in times of plenty, when 
times are tight, when times are good, bad, right, 
wrong, whatever. You can develop an attitude of 
gratitude by choosing to be grateful in every 
situation. The attitude of radical gratitude actually 
serves others; it becomes a ministry. 
   Have you realized that every believer is 
a minister? You are a minister! Because every 
Christian is a minister, that means you should be 
serving other people. In fact, youre saved to 
serve. And one ministry you can develop is the 
ministry of appreciation. 
   Do you know what the word 
appreciation means? If youve ever bought a car, you 
know the meaning of depreciation. The moment you 
drive it off the lot, its worth less than you 
paid for it, even if its a brand-new vehicle. 
Depreciation means to decrease in value. 
Appreciation is the opposite. It means to increase in 
   When you appreciate your husband, you 
raise his value. When you appreciate your wife, 
you raise her value. When you appreciate your 
kids, you raise their value. When you appreciate 
your co-workers, you raise their value to you and 
to the company. When you appreciate your boss, 
you raise his or her value. 
   The ministry of appreciation raises the 
value of people. As you develop radical gratitude, 
you can make a ministry out of raising the value 
of people simply by appreciating them. 
   The Bible says it like this: 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 (NIV) 
   One of the things Ive discovered is 
that everyone needs massive doses of 
encouragement. Ive never met anybody whos said, Oh 
no! I dont need a compliment! I have too 
many. Please, stop! Im too affirmed. Dont 
give me anymore.  
   You have an unqualified need to be 
affirmed, to be loved, to be appreciated"and so does 
everybody else. If you want to be used by God, 
heres one way: Affirm everyone. Appreciate 
everyone. Show gratitude to everyone.  
   Thats how you develop a ministry of 
appreciation. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   Three years into my role as senior 
minister of our church, a former senior minister 
returned, not only to live in our city, but also to 
serve on our staff. Charles Prince was thirty 
years my senior, Harvard educated, and a member of 
the Mensa society. I was in my midthirties, a 
rookie, and a charter member of the Dense society. 
The relationship could have been awkward and 
intimidating, but Charles preempted any stress with a 
visit to my office, during which he said, "There 
will be no tension in our relationship. I'm going 
to be your biggest cheerleader.' 
   He was! For twenty-five years, right 
until the day he died, I could count on a 
post-sermon pat on the back. 'You're getting better 
every week!" I found that hard to believe, but I 
always appreciated it. 
   Such encouragement has a Michelangelo 
impact on people. The sculptor saw the figure of 
David within the marble and carved it out. The 
encourager sees your best self and calls it out, not 
with a chisel, but with words of affirmation. Be 
an encourager today! [You Can Count On God by 
Max Lucado] 


Ephesians 4:29 - Our Words Should Edify; How 
Its Done. 


1 Thessalonians 5:11 - BE AN ENCOURAGER.


Colossians 4:6 - Speaking with Grace 
Seasoned with Salt. 


Matthew 12:34 - Speech Reveals the Heart.


James 3:8 - We Need Christ For Speech 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred