Thursday, November 19, 2009


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.
(Eph 4:29)

The original word used in scripture for unwholesome is the word 'sapros', which was a term to describe putrid, rotten, decaying fruit. Yummy, right? It was a very descriptive, visual word that the readers would have immediately recognized, and it would have painted a picture in their minds. In fact, if you've ever tasted bad fruit or smelled it, you'd instantly have that memory related to the word sapros. That is exactly what unwholesome talk smells like, tastes like, and looks like to God. Next time you hear it coming out of your mouth, remember this image and ask yourself if it benefits anyone who is within earshot. Build them up. Lift them up. Encourage them. Benefit them today. See what kind of fruit you will yield, today.

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