Today's Verse: Ephesians 4:29

Monday, September 19, 2011

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.
— Ephesians 4:29
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

The goal in Christian communication is not just clarity. Neither is the goal just to be understood. The goal is not even just to be truthful. The goal is to be helpfully appropriate, encouragingly uplifting, and based on benefitting the person who hears my words.

My Prayer...

Tender Shepherd, I want to have a pure heart. I long for my words to be genuinely beneficial and intended to bless. Please help me as I seek to develop a kinder heart that fashions my words to bring others your blessings. I yearn to have a heart full of joyful encouragement to share your grace with those you lead into my path. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Ephesians 4:29 — 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.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.