Week 32 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Ephesians 2-6.These chapters continue Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.
Ephesians 4:29 says not to let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but what is helpful to build others up, that it may benefit those who listen. The NKJV, instead of saying that it may benefit those who listen, says that it may impart grace to the hearers.
When we speak positively – say things that will build others up – we impart grace to them. We see past their mistakes, and their flaws, begin to see them as God sees them – valued and treasured, because they are His children.
On the other hand, when we speak negatively – say things that will tear others down – we are doing the exact opposite. We remind them of mistakes they have made. We accuse and condemn. We’re imparting the law, and using reckless words that pierce like a sword (Proverbs 12:18).
What are you imparting through your words? Let’s begin to view those around us from God’s perspective. Let’s impart grace to our hearers, and build them up, instead of tearing them down!