From Pastor’s Desk:
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. – Ephesians 4:29 NASB
Oh, how much more unity in the world, especially the church, if we adhered to this concept. In fact, contained within is the principle of edification of the church. We are to do nothing, say nothing that is not for the edification, or building up of the church.
Here, the word edification has to do with building a structure. When we edify one another, of whom the church is made, we are building the structure that “houses,” if you will, the body of Christ. Paul says that we are to speak “…the truth in love,” that we “may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Eph. 4:15-16
James, in his discourse about the tongue in 3:5-12, lays down an important principle. He says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (3:19).
Unwholesome speech not only tears your witness for Christ apart, it also hurts others who are the brunt of such speech. Indeed, these things “ought not to be!”