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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. — Ephesians 4:29

In life, we are presented with one of the most amazing gifts of all: communication. We have the ability to communicate by voice, e-mail, text, phone calls, social media, and so much more. While communication is a wonderful gift, it can also be challenging.

Especially when we are faced with situations where those on the other end of our communication may not appreciate what we have to say. Difficult conversations are a part of life, but the Bible certainly gives us guidance on how to have those conversations in a Christian manner.

One such verse is here in Ephesians, where we are warned not to allow corruption to proceed from our mouths. If you look at the original context of the words used, it means we should refrain from using words that are evil, obscene, offensive, or would potentially corrupt others. No doubt your mind, like mine, immediately went to people who should consider this warning in their conversations when thinking on that.

While others may need it, God sent this word to us specifically today to reflect on. In all the communication that we share with those about us, are we using those words for good, or are we using them to corrupt? Are we living out the example of Christ, sharing truth, love, and compassion, or are we spreading evil with our words?

Even in the middle of challenging conversations, God has clear expectations for us. We are to speak with truth. The truth can sometimes be hard to hear, but if we approach it from the perspective of wanting to do the right thing, it is always best. The old saying is “honesty is the best policy.” It’s not only the best policy, it’s God’s expectation.

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