Many times in our Christian walk, we can find ourselves speaking things that are not profitable. Perhaps we didn’t like the style of a preacher, or we think our coworker is weird, or perhaps we simply do not like someone. Our words should not be destructive to the unity of the faith. Christ commands us to speak things that build one another up.
Ephesians 4:29 says, "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." No corrupt communication, this passage is often used to condemn swearing, but I would like to submit a different application. The word ‘corrupt’ means worthless. How many times to we engage in idle talk that does nothing for the kingdom of God. Derogatory comments, perhaps not meant maliciously, are still worthless. Arguing over doctrine for the sake of controversy, is worthless. Giving someone correction simply because you want it done another way, is worthless. How often do we waste our time in frivolous talk. How much of our short life do we spend speaking things that do not edify the body of Christ?
I would like to encourage you, examine your words. Our words can have a profound affect on those around us. They can be used to edify, encourage, and exhort the brethren, or they can be used to waste time and even tear apart the unity of Christ. Don’t spend your words creating division or discussing worthless things. Christ commands us to spend our words edifying and ministering grace to the body of Christ. Let us strive to fulfill that command.
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." – Matthew 12:36-37