“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.”
In Greek, the word for corrupting is “sapros.” This word can also mean “bad” in the sense of rotten fruit or spoiled fish. Corrupting talk can include a lot of things: gossip, unwholesome language, slander, hurtful speech, insults, or even just things said with a negative or prideful attitude. When you speak in this way, it is the same as if rotten fish were spilling out of your mouth. Gross, right?
The contrast to corrupting talk is speech that builds others up and shows grace to them. Consider your words this week. Make it a goal to let only edifying (encouraging) and gracious words come out of your mouth. It’s a lot harder than you think!
What are some ways you can stop your talk from being rotten and corrupt? What are some examples of gracious or edifying talk? Share your thoughts in the comment section!