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. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

– Ephesians 4:29-30 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

We live in a culture of quick responses, so we feel the pressure to fill conversations with comments that may or may not be needed. This pressure can cause us to say things that won’t help our listeners at all and even grieve the Holy Spirit. But what would happen if we determined to hold our comments except for those that build up those around us? What kind of change would that bring about in our workplace, our churches, our households?

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