Ephesians 4:29-32 (JDV)
Ephesians 4:29 No vulgar language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives favor to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:30 And don’t grieve God’s Sacred Breath. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice.
Ephesians 4:32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, like God also forgave you in Christ.
more on the guidelines
Paul shares more about his guidelines for growing together through healthy relationships here.
We grow together when we share honest words with one another, not when we tear each other down with vulgar, obscene, and profane words.
We grow together when we forgive one another, showing the God’s kindness and compassion instead of bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander.
We grow together when we work hard at being who we will be – who we are destined to be. The Sacred Breath has given us new life and he is grieved when we use that new life to live the old way.
Lord, fill our lives with opportunities to grow together through honest words, honest forgiveness and honest work.