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.
In our daily lives we all must have experienced being in an environment, work, social or even home, where there is little encouragement and a lot of negativity. The taste of such an environment causes one to develop a longing to steer clear of, or even abandon such an environment. But if we avoid this type situation, are we abandoning others that may be left to deal with it? How can the cycle be broken if we, as believers, don’t follow God’s word which is as simple as helping build others up according to their needs. Everywhere we turn someone has a need. Could it be that God has placed that person in our path because of their need and our ability to help fill that need? Can we be instrumental in breaking the cycle? We can be messengers and examples of Christ by giving encouragement along the way. Sometimes all one might need is a word of encouragement to get through the day or the situation they are facing. Do we take the time to share knowledge that we may have that can help another person grow and become stronger? Lord give us the foresight and courage to be encouragers and not hinderers along the way so that others may see Christ. Help us as we each inventory on our own words and actions to identify where we can change and improve in benefiting those around us so that we are able to share Christ.
- Written by our Lighthouse Mentors