Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:29 “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.”
It was all over the news! The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary has come out with a new edition for a new generation, adding 300 words. They have added “OK” as well as other two-letter words including “ew”. The dictionary has about 100,000 words but for North American tournament play, a supplement is added. This addition allows for 90,000 more words that are “not sanitized to protect children and sensitive players.” Really, that many?
Today’s verse raises the standard for what comes out of our mouths. If children need to be protected from what comes out of my mouth, then perhaps I need to stop and think about what I am about to say. I may not know if someone is sensitive. The better part of wisdom is to treat everyone as sensitive and watch my words. The standards of Scripture are high. If what I am saying is unwholesome and not helpful, it is better left unsaid.
I can still hear my Mother’s voice. “If you can’t say anything nice about a person, than say nothing at all.” The problem is that my need to say it often overrides that caution. So much of what displease my Lord comes from my mouth, whether it be gossip, lying, arguments, criticism, swearing….the list goes on. Like James 3:5 says, such a little member of my body does such huge damage. But thankfully, the Holy Spirit offers His control. His power changes my words from unwholesome to wholesome. His control changes my words to be helpful and a benefit.
Lord, I need Your help to control my mouth today.