Speak with Kindness
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, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. —Ephesians 4:29-32 (NASB)
To live a life completely free in Christ, a person must know how God wants him or her to live. This is the portal to live a life free from fear. Your identity is found in knowing who God says you are. You are His child, He loves you more than you can ever imagine, and He does not have favorites (Romans 2:11). God gives you the same power as He gives other Christians. The difference is that some people choose to believe God above everything else; they let Him rule over all their situations. When you have the right understanding of who you are in Christ and how much God has sacrificed for you, you begin to realize that God did that for all the people in your life. Therefore, we are to speak life into conversations, not death. We are to extend grace to others, for we all fall short of the glory of God. Not one of us is good.
If the people closest to you were to describe your identity, would they claim that you are someone who speaks well of everyone? Do you gossip? Do you use words out of spite, or are your words pleasant to all who hear? Are your words filled with bitterness, or forgiving and tender? God puts great importance on words. He spoke the world into existence; we have the Word of God in our Bibles. Words are no small matter, but in our culture, words get thrown around like they are weightless. Above all, God wants you to love people through words and deeds.
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