Watch What You Say
By Patti Chadwick
Don't use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those
you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing. (NLT)
Did you ever notice how language among teens has really sunk to
very low levels? When you see groups of teens today it is not
uncommon to hear them swearing very loudly at each other and also
Hearing this among teens, it makes me wonder why this has
happened. Have we, as adults, not taught our children the truth of
this verse? Have we not given them a good example to follow?
Ephesians 4:29 is really self-explanatory. Don't use bad language.
Period. If you read it in the NIV it says do not let any
unwholesome talk come out of your mouths. To me that takes it a
bit further; no off-color jokes, no unnecessary criticism, no
negativity. Speak only what is good and helpful; things that build
Do we follow the example of Scripture in our relationship with our
teens? When we speak to them, do we do so in a loving manner? When
we have to discipline or reprimand them, do with do it
constructively for their own good or out of anger because they've
If we expect our teens to follow the truth of Scripture, we have
to model correct behavior. In this instance, it is very important
that we TALK the TALK - because how we express ourselves in our
speech is a measuring stick of the closeness of our walk with God.
Take this verse to heart and be an example of pure speech to your
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