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 favor) to those who hear it. What we say says a lot about us as individuals and the team that we support. God wants His team to use words that actually edify and bless those we are talking with. But this takes intentional speech therapy. Total immersion in the language and culture is the best way to learn a foreign language. If wholesome speech is not currently flowing from us, we can consider a detox from movies, books and social settings where foul language runs rampant. Instead, let’s seek to put ourselves in environments where we can hear, read and practice speaking the language of Heaven.
Don’t get discouraged if this new language doesn’t come naturally overnight. It takes time to replace our polluted ways of thinking and talking with fresh and beneficial speech. But it is worth it. The Book of Proverbs gives lots of training tips, and so does Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He advises us to think about things that are pure and noble and praiseworthy. When Peter, a good friend of Jesus, wrote about following in His steps, he said that no deceit was found in Jesus’ mouth. If we want to love life and see good days we must keep our tongue from evil and our lips from unwholesome speech. James, another New Testament contributor, offered useful guidance on the subject of how to talk in ways that build up. We are blessed as we are used by God to relay wisdom in our speech during every occasion. God, help us to be a part of the blessing. May we be vocally thankful to be on Your team, to live as a member of Your family. Help us to speak the language of love. Amen.