“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).
Just as negative words can curse lives, godly words can bless the hearer (and empower the person to walk in grace and abundant provision). This imparted grace gives a supernatural ability to live in our divine nature (2 Peter 1:2-4). We truly bless people by saying words that give power to them to live as Christ lived. This is why the gift of prophecy is to be desired above all gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 and 1 Corinthians 14:1). New Testament prophecy is speaking life to people and situations (as illustrated in Ezekiel 37), and life must be spoken for it to manifest. Grace is not imparted through the ceasing of negative words; thus, the goal of our speech is more than just eliminating corrupt words that would proceed out of our mouths. Our aim in our speech is to embrace Hebrews 10:23-25,
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
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