29 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.

It seems to me that we have forgotten this verse exists. Our words are powerful and we, as the body of Christ, need to pay attention to how we use them. James 3:6-10 “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

Do you get it? We think that we are just venting or blowing off steam when we rail at someone or something. But Jesus said, “I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Those are some pretty hard words from the Prince of Peace! And if you think no one is going to know about what you’ve said, think again. “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” Lk 12:3.

There is power in your words so use those words to edify, to build up, to strengthen, to care for, to encourage, to lift up, to preach the good news!