“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
It is in Ephesians 4:29 that we find the ending phrases of a list that Paul has given to the church at Ephesus. He had spent the first three chapter showing the believers there Who they are in Christ.
It is the entrance to chapter 4 that we find the one command, one way that we can walk worthy of our new “family name”, as it were.
That command is to dwell in love, and Paul will continue the next few passages and chapter on how this is to be played out in their lives.
If they are living in love, then no corrupt communication will come from their mouths, only that which is good and will minister to the hearer.
This is no different for us today. We have the scriptures that point us to who we are, and Whose we are, in Christ.
This should play out in love and unity with one another, and will be directly seen in the way that we speak.
We must be careful that our speech is a speech of love, that it only builds up and ministers to all those to whom we speak.