Bible in Lap

Use this tiny sermon for personal study or for a small group discussion. Journal your thoughtful responses to the application items. Tell a trusted spiritual friend how God wants to transform you. Ask him or her to pray for your success.

Scripture: Ephesians 4:29

The Takeaway:

The way I speak to others should reflect my relationship with Jesus.

Key Ideas:

A saved person possesses the ability to alter his or her behaviors and thoughts. In fact, God calls Christians to make such changes.

Unwholesome words mean corrupt or unfit words for Christians. The original Greek language describes vegetable or animal substances that have rotted or become putrid. They are unfit for consumption and disgusting in appearance and smell. They are worthless. Figuratively applied, as in Ephesians 4:29, the Greek word describes something that is corrupt or that has morally rotted.

Practically, unwholesome words include foul language, hurtful comments, dirty and filthy talk, evil and hateful comments, abusive speech, slander, prideful or demeaning conversations, or any other kind of speaking that is unfit for Christians (e.g. lying, deceiving, manipulating).

Changing one’s words is one way to lay aside a person’s sinful self, accept spiritual renewal and put on the “new self” that becomes available through salvation.

Different from unwholesome words, wholesome words address a hearer’s needs and extend grace to him or her. They help, build up, or encourage another person.


I am able to change the way I speak to others.

Does the way I speak reflect my salvation to other people?

What effect do my words have on the people with whom I speak?

Which of my “talking habits” do I need to conform to God’s calling?

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