No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear. And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption. All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
The words we say are powerful and with great power comes great responsibility. I know that in my life I have not always chose to say the right things to people. I have chosen the words that would hurt and bring down. I have chosen to say the religious things and not really cared how they hurt those around me. I know that I have been guilty of giving rotten, disgusting and hateful things from my mouth. So, how can we stop and change what we say? well, I think we find it in this passage at the very end.
1. To be kind and compassionate to one another
2. To forgive one another, Just as God also forgave us
You see this whole passage is about what comes out of our mouths and what we say to people. How can we be reflecting Christ when we are destroying or breaking down one another. We are asked here to get ride of somethings in our hearts (because that is what comes out of our mouths).
1. Bitterness, anger, wrath and insult – this is dealing with us forgiving one another and forgetting these things. I know we can’t sometimes forget situations (but most of the time it’s not a can’t it’s a won’t) but we can forget theses things that we do and say because of forgiveness. Sometime we have said things not because anyone has done something to us but because people are different, they believe different and they act different so we use this as a opportunity to attack and hurt people that are made in the image of God.
2. Slander – I have separated this because I think this has to do with honesty in what we say. We make so many assumptions about people that we slander them and we really have no idea what we are talking about. We have forgotten to put ourselves in there shoes and walk where they have walked. I am not trying to excuse sin but sometimes we fail to have compassion and we slander people who really have not chosen the situation they are in. Some people are stuck and they need people to come along side them and carry them to the feet of Jesus. But we can’t do this unless we forgive and trade all of our bitterness, anger, wrath, insult and slander with compassion, love, mercy and grace and forgive like Christ has forgiven us.
3. Wickedness is something I believe that comes our of us when we have not allowed Jesus to have control of us. Or to put it another way to surrender to Him. You see this is our only way to get ride of all these things that we really don’t like about ourselves. If we were honest we do not like to be bitter or any of the others things in the list. We have a deep desire to be close to God and to be like Jesus – we have just refused to except it.
So, we need to really think about what is deep in our hearts and trade all the rotten things for the gift of forgiveness that was for us and that we are to now give to others.
In His Grip,