Today we’re in the book of Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 29. (Ephesians 4:29)
“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 might benefit those who listen.”
Wow. That it might benefit those who listen. I had read this verse a couple of times because I am not a very good example, I think, to my kids sometimes! The Bible says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth.” Well, I don’t have that down.
“…but only what is helpful” … no, I don’t have that down. “That it might benefit those who listen.” As we’re praying today, before we take on the day and before the busyness of the day sets in, let’s take a moment and just ask the Spirit of God to put His finger on pride, our fear, our jealousies, our insecurities, our fear of men, our rebellion, our self-righteousness, and ask the Holy Spirit to control us.
You know, we don’t hear much these days about self-control, which is a fruit of the Spirit. As Christians, we often hear about the list of things we should do and not do—but the Bible says that we are to be controlled by the Spirit. I believe that’s why, when we hear Paul say in Ephesians, “Don’t let unwholesome talk come out of your mouth,” we can believe that we can actually do it! Because we have the Holy Spirit. We are children of the living God.
Today as you get ready to go about your day, ask the Lord to give you His heart, His eyes. Ask Him for a soft and pliable heart so that the Lord can do what He needs to do in your heart, allowing you to be the wife and mother that He’s called and equipped you to be. And as you’re going about your day, don’t forget that when you sense a battle or struggle coming on, you can always go back to the Lord, and just say, “Father, I’m working so hard at this, but my kids are driving me crazy! I’m struggling!”
Ask the Lord to give you that extra measure of grace or patience that you need so that you can watch the words that you say. He understands. He made you—and the Creator knows His creation. Better than anyone.
You can trust Him, busy mom. He can help you.