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Unwholesome talk

The apostle Paul was good at taking doctrinal truths and breaking them down into practical life applications. For example, in Ephesians 4:17-5:21, Paul lays out concrete “dos and don’ts” for every day, holy, Christ-like living. One thing we must practice if we want to live as Jesus calls us to, explains Paul, is to “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” (Ephesians 4:29).


Paul’s exhortation sounds much like the old maxim, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” The Greek word sapros, translated as “corrupt” (KJV, NKJV), “unwholesome” (NIV), and “foul or abusive” (NLT), means “not in good condition (damaged or decayed); hence unsound, bad, worthless and useless.” The term was used to describe rotten fruit or decaying trees. When used in the context of corrupt words or foul language, this kind of talk—whether deceitful, insensitive or offensive—is in one way or another damaging or hurtful to the hearer. Instead of dragging others down with our words, everything we say should be good and helpful so that we encourage and build up those who hear them. Only then can we walk in the holiness and purity of Christ.


Paul repeated, “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God” (Ephesians 5:4). To the Colossians, he wrote, “You must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” Colossians 3:8).


As we seek inner transformation, the Holy Spirit will fill our hearts with the truth, love, and righteousness of Christ so that only what is good, helpful, and pleasing to God comes out of our mouths.


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1. Ironman Wednesday July 10th at 5:30PM


Sunday July 14th, 2024

Bible Basics at 9:00 AM

Worship Service 10:00 AM


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Pastor Alex Garcia

First Baptist Church of Three Rivers

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