"Blessings Through the Word"

Dr. Lightsey's Message


   Rev. Dr. R.J. Lightsey II


No Corrupt Communication

“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” (Ephesians 4:29).

I often wonder what prompts some people to say the things they do. I am particularly referring to those who do a lot of the following: complain, criticize, and cut others through words.

I certainly do not condone the use of foul language. Therefore, I don’t understand why some who say they “love the Lord” consistently allow foul language to pass through their lips. It’s not that the words “slip through their lips,” but the dialogue contains intentional nouns, verbs, and adjectives that make me cringe when I hear them. Then, after they feel they have made an impression they say, “excuse my French.” My thought is if your “French” needs to be excused after the words are uttered why don’t you excuse them before they leave your lips?

Then there is the subject/topic of gossip. Many times born again believers take pride and joy in degrading others by creating or passing along a story that does nothing to encourage or support. I believe some of us get a kick out of being able (and taking advantage of the opportunity) to have an audience that is open to hear us belittle someone, or pass along something that puts a person in a bad light (position).

What does the Word of God say about this? The apostle Paul told the church at Ephesus, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.” Say what? Our communication should be clean and reputable at all times. Our communication should encourage and build up others. Our communication should “minister” to others. No, it doesn’t mean we should walk around preaching and teaching all day. But when we do speak and have a choice to edify or degrade…always choose to edify.

Lastly, I’d like to say we (who are part of God’s royal family as well as those who have not yet accepted Christ) do not have to participate or listen to any “corrupt communication.” We can choose to challenge those who are initiating and participating in such communication to change the conversation to one that is more positive and wholesome. In doing so (in love, and with dignity and respect) we relay two messages: 1). Foul language and gossip offends us, and 2). We refuse to speak or listen to corrupt communication because it does nothing positive for those who hear it. Let’s put a complete and permanent ban on corrupt communication.


Rev. Dr. R. J. Lightsey








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