Ephesians 4:29-32… “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (KJV).
There is an epidemic of “verbal vagrancy” in the land, the abusive violence that comes from the mouth. The words “corrupt communication” refer to the foul and abusive language that ministers sorrow rather than encouragement. The word “grieve” tells us that the Holy Spirit feels the pain that abusive, foul words bring. The life of holiness is more than just going to church, prayer, and studying the Bible–it includes the words that we speak.
Note the words found in verse 31:
Bitterness… the refusal to let go of old wounds; the refusing to forgive a past wrong.
Wrath… a stronghold of resentment in your spirit that wants revenge.
Anger… exasperation, followed by a quick outburst of abusive and foul words towards something or someone.
Clamor… a sudden outburst of words over nothing, a noisy exchange of words that have no purpose, making a big issue over something that has no value, or making a scene rather than making peace.
Evil speaking… words that tear down, finding fault, criticism.
Malice… the desire to see someone else suffer, or revenge.
Verbal vagrancy is one of the devil’s methods… Why use it?
Pastor George Belobaba
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