Bible Verse of the Day
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Yesterday we began to look at this verse and how we can approach life situations that seem to test our ability to live this command. Today we will look at the Greek meanings to key words and if they impact our understanding of this verse.
The Greek word for unwholesome used here is Sapros pronounced sap-ros’ which means:
3. corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out
4. of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless
The Greek word for talk used here is Logos pronounced log’-os which means:
3. uttered by a living being
4. concept or idea
5. what someone has said
6. what is declared
7. a thought
The Greek word for both building and up used here is Oikodome pronounced oy-kod-om-ay’ which means:
1. (the act of) building, building up
2. edifying, edification
3. the act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness
4. a building (i.e. the thing built, edifice)
To begin to unpack this thought lets start at the end of the verse with the concept of building up. Building up in this context is the act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness, in other words it is acting and speaking in a manner that leads others towards or to God and not away from Him.
If the goal is in all we do to reflect God to others and we keep the goal at the forefront of our thoughts, words and actions, then the rest of this command becomes much easier to follow. It is simply doing and saying what is right, true and just. It sounds easy but as well all know it is very hard to do.
I remember praying about a situation in the recent past and knew how God wanted me to handle it, but I was resistant to it, and I heard Him say to me “a man does hard things, because it is right to do”. Okay now I had a decision to make do I follow my desires of how to handle this or do I follow God? I wish I could say I chose the second one (following God) but I did not, I handled it the way I wanted to and you know what it did not go so well. And today I found myself still at this same crossroads, do I follow Him or my own selfish nature? Since I know where the other road leads I think I will follow His desire in this, and although I do not know exactly how things will work out I can proceed in the comfort that He is in control and that He is working for the good of all involved (after all He is the only One with pure motives).
I am not sure where life has you today but I am certain that a situation or situations will arise where you will be at a crossroad, I encourage you (and me) to follow His desires and to walk in faith in him following the words of this command.
Have a blessed day,
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