Trash talking dominates our mouths today.  If you don’t believe me, just take time and view one of President Trump’s news conferences about the Coronavirus pandemic.  Reporters bad mouth the president.  He can give it back also.

Take a look at posts on different pages on social media.  When someone even asks a simple question, there are people whose fingers type words of poison meant to undermine the innocent contributor who asked a simple question mentally.

If you are a Jesus follower, then there are warnings in the Bible to not trash talk anyone, even those who oppose you.  Paul advises us, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:29).

The words “foul and abusive” in the Greek language speak of rotten fruit.  It can also talk of despicable garbage that stinks and has maggots moving around in it.  In either case, there is a stench and an ugly sight.

Trash talking has the same characteristic as rotten fruit and garbage.  It creates hurt and destroys a person. When we speak evil of someone and tear them down, Jesus is not pleased.

Ephesians 4:29 commands that the words of the Jesus follower are to be those that “build up” and “encourage.”

Think about that today.  Examine your words when you are under pressure during this pandemic.  We still have a lot ahead of us until this is over.  Represent Jesus well during this time with your verbal responses.  Build people up.  Encourage others.

Assignment:  Think of a person that you don’t like or one that drives you crazy, especially when you have to be in the same room with them.  Think of four things that you know might be positive attributes in that person’s life.  Write them down.  Then, pray that God will give you a peaceful attitude toward that person.

Tomorrow’s Blog:  I will be revealing the four things from the Bible that will prevent you from being guilty of trash talking.

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