You would think that in this world of truthfulness everything would be so much better
Reference: v.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. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: The Invention of Lying is a movie set in another world where people are not able to lie. Everything is absolute truth and there is no make believe or fiction. The twist comes when the main character discovers that he can actually lie and he gets away with it, as everyone believes he is telling the truth. You would think that in this world of truthfulness everything would be so much better, however the blunt and rather harsh statements that are delivered make it a less than desirable place to be.
Application: Speaking wholesomely is more than just speaking the truth. I can give you my opinion that might be quite hurtfully. It truly is my opinion but it does not mean that it's right or helpful for me to share it. When we speak we need to aim to not just speak the truth but to speak in a way that builds others up rather than tearing them down. I think that if we were conscious of how we spoke to each other we would realize how often we speak without thinking.
Prayer: Lord, You spoke words of truth and love. May we do the same. Amen.
Throughout the whole day set yourself a reminder to watch what you say and how you say it.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.