Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give (God’s favor) to those who hear it .
Christianity has been and is still frequently called the “great confession.” This is because for the law of faith to work we have to say something. In order for faith in and toward the living God to work we have to agree with what He says and has said. The Greek word used in the New Testament for confess(ion) is homologeo (pronounced hom-ol-og-eh-o) and it means to say the same thing, to agree with. Therefore you don’t change the meaning of Romans 10:9-10 if you say it like this: “That if thou shall with your mouth say the same thing as God and agree with Him that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (as confirmation of this truth), thou shall be saved (kept safe and sound, rescued from danger and destruction, and made completely whole).” Hallelujah!
So when you say in agreement with God and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord over your body and your health then the way is paved for you to walk in health and healing. When you say in agreement with God and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord over your finances then the way is paved for you to walk in divine prosperity. When you say in agreement with God and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and desires all men to be saved, then the way is paved for you to pray for and expect the salvation of your loved ones to come to pass. Now I must interject here that faith without corresponding actions is not a living faith and won’t produce anything but dismay and frustration (James 2:17). In other words we have to act upon the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as he directs our path toward our God-given destiny. If you are unwilling to do this then you can quote as many Scriptures as you like, it won’t profit you because you won’t be mixing it with faith (Hebrews 4:1-2).
Our Scripture text says don’t let unwholesome or worthless talk EVER come out of your mouth, but only speech that is beneficial to build up and promote spiritual progress, that of others as well as your own. Anything that doesn’t agree with the word of God can’t and won’t promote spiritual progress because only the word of God has spiritual life. Now other words may promote intellectual growth or emotional growth, but they won’t promote spiritual growth. Jesus, whose pattern for living in the earth we are to follow, said it like this; “…And that I do nothing of Myself (of My own authority), but I say [EXACTLY] what My Father has taught me (John 8:28 Amplified Bible emphasis mine).” The only way we can say EXACTLY what the Father has taught is to read His word and learn what He says!
I want to leave a final thought with you. Frequently we go to extraordinary lengths to learn how to govern ourselves and talk in ways that we think will produce some advantage or benefit to us within certain circles. How much more should we be willing to go to whatever length necessary to learn how to talk and govern ourselves in a way that enables us to glorify God, causes the Father God’s face to shine on us, and to experience heaven the entire time we spend sojourning on the earth. Beloved, have you learned how to talk? If not, you can start today!
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for revealing these truths to us. Help us to set a guard at our mouths and only say what we hear You saying and do what we see You doing. Thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit so that we can know the things that You freely give to us and to help us apprehend them. Help us to live and use our words in a way that will always bring glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
May the God of all creation cause His face to shine upon you and bless you exceedingly, abundantly above all that you can ask or think. Until next time…. Peace.
McClinton E. Porter