Here’s a challenge: to make a conscious effort, through every conversation you have today, to say only that which builds a person up – which encourages, strengthens, cheers, clarifies, assists, comforts, affirms.
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. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Dear Father in Heaven, sometimes it seems impossible for me to keep my mouth from speaking things it should not. I need Your power to guard my tongue. Father, today help me to think before I speak. Help me to feel that nudge of Your Holy Spirit and respond before words rush out of my mouth unbidden. Help me to know what to say that will be helpful in building others up rather than saying words that tear down or hurt. Please make me aware of their needs so I can respond in a way that benefits them. Help me to be bold when issues need addressing, but gentle and loving in the way I address them. In Jesus Name, Amen.