Welcome to the first installment of ‘M & M’ Monday! Thanks for joining us in memorizing and meditating on God’s Word. Feel free to memorize in your favorite translation. If you would like a visual reminder of our verse during the week, right click on our picture and set it as the desktop background on your electronic device.
In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul tells us that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.’ (ESV) I just love that – “all Scripture is breathed out by God.” What a description! Paul goes on to tell us how Scripture profits us. The verses I’ll be sharing the next few weeks fall under the training in righteousness category. The Amplified Bible describes training in righteousness as training “(in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).”
If we are to live righteous, holy lives, we need to be mindful of how we use our tongues. Our verse this week is Ephesians 4:29.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (ESV)
This command comes after Paul’s exhortation to put off the old man and put on the new. Without the help of the Spirit within us, it would be impossible to obey and still at times we fail because we so easily turn from walking by the Spirit back to walking in the flesh. I’m grateful that when I confess my sin, God is faithful to forgive me and I can keep pressing forward toward the goal. Let’s pray this week that He would show us what category the words we speak fall into and that He would help us to refrain from any talk that is corrupting and to speak only what is beneficial to those who hear.
The words we choose to use are so vital to those who hear them. To read more about how words build or destroy, check out this post from Sue on building up your home.