Build Each Other Up – October 20, 2016
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. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Psalm 51:10, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Romans 12:1, Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled, ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way!’ During the first few weeks I spoke about four aspects of great relationships, which are love, humility, forgiveness and commitment. If you missed any of those thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog.
The next fundamental key to great relationships, is knowing the do’s and don’ts of successful relationships. In Ephesians 4, Paul gives us that list. The fourth do and don’t of the week is found in Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome word 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.” If you want to have great relationships don’t speak harmfully to one another, but do say the right thing at the right time! Great relationships are crammed with encouraging words and conversations.
Paul says, our conversations with those we care about have to be filled with helpful and encouraging words that benefit them. If we aren’t careful, our words can be hurtful and not helpful which is not a recipe for great relationships. So in your relationships today, don’t speak hurtful words, but do say helpful words and your relationships will be better off for it.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D