As Christians, we know that we are not called to have corrupt communication come out of our mouths. When most people think of corrupt communication, they think of swearing. I would like to share with you today how corrupt communication is more than swearing.
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." This verse contrasts corrupt communication with words that edify and give grace to those who hear. So our speech isn’t just restricted from filthiness, but restricted to things that are profitable.
This isn’t something that is easy to hear. For most of us it is natural to say things that are not profitable. Today, being April Fools day, I know I have said many things that are not profitable. The Bible is very clear on this matter though. It says, "every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."
In light of these verses, I would like to challenge you to purify your speech so it edifies and brings grace to others. With all the words you say every day, it may sound impossible, but we know that with God all things are possible. We also know that if we walk in the Spirit, we will naturally not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Let us ask God to help us control our mouths. With God, we can bring ourselves under subjection to His commands. When we fulfill His commandments, we can enjoy fellowship with Him on a whole new level.
"If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain." – James 1:6