Building Up, not Tearing Down
(Eph 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 (God’s favour) to those who
hear it.
Holy Spirit
taught me on building up and not tearing down.  The Holy Spirit taught me mightily
and he dealt with many great truths from scripture. His base text was
Ephesians 4:29. 
In Ephesians
chapter four Paul starts the chapter by teaching on unity in the Body of Christ
and he ends the chapter by teaching us how different our lives are supposed to
be now that we are believers. Paul tells us to no longer live as those
that live without God. He explains that those without God are darkened in
their understanding and live as those who have hardened hearts. These are
people who give themselves over to sensuality and who indulge in impurity. Paul
goes on to teach us that we must put off our old selves and our former way of
life. We must have a new attitude and a new mind. Our new self
must be pursuant of God in true righteousness and holiness. This is good
teaching and Paul is laying it out clearly. There should be a difference
between a believer and a sinner; there should be a distinction between those of
us who have been covered by the blood of Jesus and those that have not. It is a
sad commentary for there to be no identifiable difference between a Christian
and a non-Christian.
Paul then gets
into practical differences. He teaches us to stop lying and to speak the
truth to one another. He teaches us that if we do get angry, that we
should still not sin and that we should never go to sleep angry because it can
give the devil a foothold. Paul says, “He who has been stealing must steal no
longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may
have something to share with those in need.” And then, in the middle of all the
teaching on the differences between believers and non-believers, between
sinners and saints, Paul gets to the difference that should be obvious in our
speech. Our speech, just like everything else Paul lists in this
chapter, must be renewed and made to align with the newness of our lives in
Christ. If you have been talking negative for 30 years and you give
your life to Christ, it is obvious that you will not change your speech over
night, but over the process of time it should change. Paul teaches us to
never all foul or polluting language to come out of our mouths. Now, when
most people hear that statement they immediately think of cussing. But the
reality is that when we really understand what Paul is teaching in this text we
see that it goes far beyond cussing (an annoying or stubborn person). Paul teaches us to only speak
good and edifying things to others; things that will build them up and never
tear them down. You can tear someone down pretty hard without ever using a
cuss word. The point is that our speech should be used as a tool in the
hands of God to share goodness and grace with others. Our words should be a
blessing to those that hear them. People should walk away from an
encounter with us knowing that they have been built up and edified; not torn
down and destroyed.
So what does this mean to
you today? It
means that our mind must be renewed concerning the words of our
mouths. It’s not OK to go around putting people down on a regular
basis. It’s not OK to break someone down without ever building them back
up. It’s not OK to focus on abstaining from what people call “major sins,”
but neglecting to ever focus on the words of our mouths. Your words can
either help or hurt; they can build up or tear down; how do you think God wants
you to use your words today?
Confession for this day: Lord God, I submit myself
entirely unto You. I am a believer and I will live like one. My mind
is renewed from my former life and I no longer live like the world. I am
new in my thoughts, deeds, and also in my words. I will use my words to
build up and never tear down. My words are a blessing and not a burden to
others. In Jesus’


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