Ephesians 4:29 “Watch Those Words”
“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.”
Uh oh, God says no swearing. Each of us needs to remember cursing is really of no benefit to our communications, and we should do our best to eliminate it from our vocabulary. But, equally important is God’s advice to encourage and build people up when we communicate to them.
One very important prerequisite to positive encouragement to those you influence is to be sure you associate with good people. Whether it’s an employee or a friend, when you only hang around good character, hardworking people, it is easy to encourage and build people up. Think about the simplicity of this concept. Good people do good things. You’ll have a chance to say positive things to a person doing good things! When you are careful to recruit and hire competent employees, they also do good work and achieve their goals. As a result, you have a chance to provide positive encouragement to these people.
On the other hand, when you hang around people who do bad things, you end up having to have negative discussions about what they did wrong. When it’s employees who don’t do good work, you don’t get to provide as much positive input because you’re correcting errors too often! The solution? In order to follow God’s advice, simply hang around good people. It’ll be easy to build good people up!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”