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Don't Waste Your Conversations

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  Ephesians 4:29

This command is one of a series exhorting the reader to put off the old man and put on the new man. The larger context begins in verse 20. The nature of the command implies conversations with other believers.

The old man permits “corrupt” words to proceed from his mouth. The new man speaks words that are “good for necessary edification and imparting grace.” These are words that build up a quality of faith that trusts in God for life’s resources.

The word translated “corrupt” is used by Jesus to describe bad fish and trees that bear bad fruit. Bad fish are thrown away. Bad fruit from corrupt trees is thrown away.

Conversations of our old man may be helpful to a discouraged or disturbed believer for a brief period of time. The passage implies, though, that if our words do not build up and supply grace to our fellow-believers, we have engaged in a “throw away” conversation.

When we put off the old man and put on the new man, God will guide us in our conversations. He will provide the opportunity and words that build up and impart grace.

Paul continues this command concerning our conversations with other believers with:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Ephesians 4:30

Corrupt” words in our conversations with fellow-believers will fail to meet their needs and will grieve the Holy Spirit.

When we put off the old man and put on the new man by living out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, our conversations will direct others to the grace of God and bring pleasure to the Holy Spirit.

We will not waste our conversations.