walk in the word
Category: Attitudes, Character, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4
Talk, talk, talk. Have you ever listened to how much noise fills our lives? Our society is addicted to talking. Don’t misunderstand—I like to talk. I love to engage in conversation with all kinds of people. I even make my living by what I say. But Ephesians 5:4 makes it very clear what kind of talk is fitting to come out of our mouths.
In the big picture, Ephesians 4 and 5 calls us to live in such a way that reflects Jesus Christ, the One whom we are following. The first couple verses of Ephesians 5 focuses on how to live a pure life and our specific subject today is how to keep a pure mouth.
Sometimes it’s easier to describe something by explaining what it is not. Ephesians 4:5 says the opposite of purity is perversion. “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place . . . ”
Filthiness is a term describing general obscenity. It includes any talk that is sexually degrading of someone else. Our sexuality is not an off-color topic, but talking about sex in a way that shames or demeans another person—that’s sin. And it is inappropriate to come out of the mouth of someone who is following Christ.
Foolish talk doesn’t belong in a Christian’s life either. The phrase literally means “moron words.” This doesn’t mean you can’t joke around or get silly with your kids. It describes someone with a gutter mouth. It’s talking about the guy with a one- or two-word vocabulary. You’ve heard them; they can’t seem to get through a single sentence without using their profanity of choice.
Lastly, Ephesians 5:4 says, stay away from crude joking. Don’t be the person who turns every comment, no matter how innocent, into something obscene or suggestive. This is the talk and trade of the clever talk show host who is never at a loss for sexual innuendos. This isn’t fitting, the Bible says, for the follower of Christ.
So what should you be talking about? Look again at today’s verse. “ . . . Instead let there be thanksgiving.” Start with thanking God that you get another day on this earth. Thank Him that you woke up healthy and strong again with air to breathe, a roof over your head, and some clothing on your back. Think about Jesus Christ and who He is, and all that He’s given you and you’ll experience genuine gratitude welling up inside you that will overflow to your mouth.
Now that’s something worth talking about.
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