Laying aside falsehood, speak truth, to one another, for we are members of one another. … Let no rotten word proceed from your mouth, but only such as is good for edification, according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:25 & 29
God has so constructed the Body of Christ in particular, and every organization in general, that how we talk to others affects our own well-being. We are not just members with one another; we are members of one another. He means this to be a powerful aid in our battle to control our tongues: We do not just hurt someone else when we speak deceitfully. We do not just help someone else when we speak decently. Because we are intimately connected to one another, our speech directly affects the speaker also. When we are gracious in our speech, everyone who hears benefits. Since we hear our own talk, we are among those who benefit. When we sensitively attempt to strengthen the faith of brothers and sisters in Christ in their moment of need, the words we hear coming from us strengthen our own faith as well. “From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, … The one who guards his mouth preserves his life.” God’s grace extended in love envelops the giver and the receiver. Good news works both ways.
Creative Lord, may my speech be rooted in your loving grace, so that the fruit of my lips tastes of Heaven and nourishes every heart it touches, including mine. Amen.