Rising Joy, Vicki Matheny
Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. Ephesians 4.32
In Ephesians 4.25-32, Paul wrote regarding several things that had to be stopped or put away. These dealt with attitudes, actions, and the tongue.
The tongue is such a small member of the body. Yet, when it is used for evil, it can destroy the strongest of relationships. We must lay aside falsehoods. Stop lying! There is no such thing as a little white lie! A lie is a lie.
Be angry and do not sin. When we are angry, we often let our mouths go off without any attempt at control. Paul wrote to not give the devil an opportunity. Watch what you say when you are angry! Control your tongue.
Paul also encouraged the Ephesians to speak only those words that would be beneficial to the one hearing them, putting away any evil, slanderous talk. Make sure that your words give grace to those who are listening!
How do you accomplish this? By being kind and compassionate to one another, you can use your tongue to build up and not to tear down. By forgiving one another, you can stem the flow of anger that can cause angry words to spew forth like hot lava.
Always remembering that you have been forgiven by God in Christ Jesus!