Ephesians 4:29-32

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little. Proverbs 10:20

One of the most important components of the Christian life is the way we communicate with one another. Paul told us: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment” (Ephesians 4:29 NASB). Our words can be powerful tools of encouragement and hope or, if thoughtlessly delivered, weapons of emotional devastation.

Few people truly understand the depth of shame and guilt of the woman at the well. More than likely, she was the focus of local gossip and malicious accusations. No one took the time to look into her heart—no one, that is, until Jesus.

Instead of rejection, Christ’s words brought hope and forgiveness. The result was a changed life. Many of the people we meet and pass each day need to hear of God’s love and eternal forgiveness. Rather, they are often met with disapproving stares and whispers.

Those trapped in sin already know the reality of their shame. What they really need is a way out of the mess they are in. Do as Jesus did. Accept them as people dearly loved by God while REFUSING TO JUSTIFY THEIR SIN. Let your words be gifts of eternal value instead of arsenals of pain.

Lord, let my words be gifts of eternal value instead of arsenals of pain.

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