Words Define Your Walk
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
What an opportunity we have on a daily basis to build up the name of Jesus and grow His Kingdom. I want you to stop and think for a minute about the number of people that hear you talk on a daily basis. Put aside the topic, their relationship to you, or even location and just think about every single person who hears at least one word out of your mouth on a daily basis. If that number is 1 or more, you have a very powerful ministry. What I mean, is that those words coming out of your mouth will define whether or not people believe your walk with Christ. Your words define your walk. I can claim all sorts of “Christian” things in my life, but one word, sentence or conversation can tear that all down.
Our word choice in situations can tell someone a lot about us. I am not even talking about those “4 letter” words that are super bad. I am meaning those simple words that mean something bad. Sure they are not the “BAD” words themselves, but rather a replacement and the world sees right through that. Our sentences and conversations can also tear down our walk that we are trying to live out. Joining in with a gossip session, supporting an inappropriate topic, or simply telling a little white lie that just barely stretches the truth. In that brief moment, our walk has been defined as a fake, or is less powerful. The Bible tells us in Ephesians the we should let no corrupt talk of any kind come out of our mouth…EVER. Only words that are positive and building up of those around us.
If we claim to be a follower of Christ and we claim to be walking in his footsteps, we have to be very careful how the words that come out of our mouth are affecting our walk and the testimony our walk gives. So again, take a step back, recount the number of people who hear you talk in a day. What do they hear out of your mouth? If only one person hears corrupt talk, that is enough to ruin and taint our walk and testimony of Christ in our lives. That one is an opportunity missed to lead them to Christ, that is one seed not planted for the Kingdom. Be wise and careful with your words and build up your walk with Christ with your mouth.
Pastor Brandon Scott