“There are a bazillion scriptures in the Bible that talk about our words. Regardless of which one you pick, it’s clear that good words build up and that’s something we want to do for our spouse regularly.

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.  Ephesians 4:29  ESV

When I picked this scripture I was just looking for a simple verse that would help us speak encouraging words. After looking at the verse awhile though I realized this is a two-fer.* So while I’m offering you the concept of “bless your spouse with good/encouraging words”, you can learn a lot about good words by considering the contrast of “corrupting words.”

Here’s the amplified Bible version to give you a bit more insight.

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].  Ephesians 4:29  AMP

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corrupting/unwholesome words = tear down
thoughtful/appropriate/good words = build up

Spend the day thinking about the power of words. Think on those times when words made the difference. What makes a word “encouraging”? What makes a word “corrupt/unwholesome”?


* a two-fer is an item or offer that comprises two items but is sold for the price of one.


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