Yes you! God wants to use that your mouth! I am certain about this because of so many things I have seen and heard. I know that God does not want you to talk to other people anyhow. Why is that? Is it just because he wants you to respect them them or talk to them in a nice way? No, this goes beyond just respecting the other people around you. He really wants to use that mouth that you probably have been using to run down other people.
In Ephesians 4:29, the Bible says ‘Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (KJV). As it is here in this verse, God only wants you to say what is good unto others. He wants you to say what will edify other people. When I looked up the word edify, it means to build, construct, instruct, improve morally or intellectually. That means God wants you to say only the things that build up other people. The things that construct and instruct people are the things you ought to say. What does not improve the people morally or intellectually should not proceed out of your mouth!
Again when you look at the last few words of the verse quoted above, it says ‘minister grace unto the hearers!’ To minister, in verb form, means to attend to (the needs of people), tend to and to give to… Then Grace in its verb form also means to adorn; embellish, decorate and dignify. Wow! I like the last word. I can therefore deduce that whatever does not dignify other people is not permitted by God to proceed out of our mouth to them.
It is also important for you to remember that ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue: (KJV)’ according to Proverbs 18:21. There are so many people who may not be killing physically but are killing with their mouths! They say things to people repeatedly and those people begin to feel worthless or useless to the society. Some people have said so many terrible things to other people so much so that the other people feel like committing suicide!
Why do you think that some people are committing suicide? Sometimes it is because of how they have been run down by the mouths of other people! You need to stop running other people down with your mouth. You are a co-creator with God and that’s why he wants to really use your mouth. He needs you to engage the creative power in your mouth to help other people become better. I have seen that when we use the right words for people, even the seemingly worthless people can rise out of obscurity to prominence. Their low self esteem can begin to disappear and they build some highly coveted confidence in themselves.
It is also possible that you probably didn’t know and you have, unconsciously, been using you mouth to bring down other people. Now is the time to check that and put and end to it. Start building up other people. You also need to know that if you do not speak well to other people, you are building a negative aura around yourself. You are also sowing a seed. It is what you say that you get. Not only can other people be demoralized as a result of your own words, you might just become so negative that you can’t use your own mouth for something positive in your own life.
Let’s begin the work right now. There’s no need to waste time since you know that God wants to use your mouth. Speak well to other people. Edify them – build, construct, instruct, improve morally or intellectually – and minister grace – attend with words that dignify – them.
Fola Daniel Adelesi
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