Apr 4

Edifying Words

2008 at 3:52 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Speech

Back to Mom today:

Yesterday Nicole talked about the words that shouldn’t come out of our mouths (corrupting talk). Today we want to consider the words that we should be speaking.

In our Ephesians 4:29 verse we are commanded to communicate edifying words: “only such as is good for building up.” Edifying words are words that identify how God is at work in someone’s life. Philippians 2:13 tell us that “it is God who works in [the Christian] both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

C.J. said in his message entitled “Encourage” that, “We have the privilege of discerning where God is at work and drawing attention to how He is at work in their lives. And God is at work, all the time.” These ways that God is at work my husband likes to call “evidences of grace.”

One way to identify evidences of grace: Begin by reading the lists of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) and the gifts of the Spirit (Rom. 12:3-8, 1 Cor. 12:1-11). Then look for one of these specific signs of God’s activity in the life of someone you know (start with those you live with!) and tell them about it. No doubt, by the end of this day, you’ll be more aware of God’s constant activity in the lives of His people. And you will have obeyed this Scriptural command to build others up.

Apr 3

Corrupting Talk

2008 at 6:12 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Speech

Nicole continued our little series on words with a post entitled “Corrupting Talk”.

Before I left for vacation, I cleaned out my refrigerator. Generally, I try to toss leftovers before they turn rainbow colors and sprout biological plant life. But it’s not unusual for me to find four half-used containers of sour cream coated in blue-green fuzzies.

Stockxpertcom_id5236651_size0_4 This fridge-cleaning illustration does in fact relate to our ongoing series on speech (see yesterday’s post). For any experience with rotten food will help us to better understand Ephesians 4:29. In this verse we are commanded to, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths…” In this instance, “corrupt” is a word used to describe spoiled or rotten food. It not only stinks, but it also spreads. Not a pleasant thought.

What sorts of words are corrupt and rotten? Obviously lying, profanity, and vulgarity make the list. But Ephesians 4:31 widens the description a bit. Here we read: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”

Dad said in his sermon that corrupt talk includes all words or communication that deters growth in godliness and hinders the cultivation of godly relationships. It defiles others. It has a decaying, rotting effect on a person’s soul. This end result is certainly worth further reflection.

So the question is, how many of our 25,000 words per day are like rotten, moldy sour cream—repulsive to God, and injurious to others?

The Bible says we should eradicate these corrupt words from our speech. Instead, our words sould be edifying: “only such as is good for building up” (Eph. 4:29). And we’ll examine these edifying words more closely tomorrow.

But if you are all too aware of the corrupt nature of your speech, let me remind you of the good news of the gospel again. Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect life on our behalf. He never once spoke a corrupt, bitter, malicious, or angry word. Not once. And if we have repented from our corrupt speech and put our trust in His perfect righteousness, His blood covers every filthy, rotten word we’ve ever spoken.

So let’s revel in the Savior’s perfect righteousness today, and purpose to put away all corrupt words and so bring glory to Him.

Apr 2

Words

2008 at 4:53 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw

During my time with the Lord this morning I was listening to an old message by my dad entitled “Encourage.” It’s all about our use of words and honoring the Lord with our speech. It reminded me of a little series that we did on the blog a few years back, taken from this very message. I thought it would be fun to revisit the series this week. Mom started it off with the first post.

My husband C.J. gave the message that forms the basis for the series we are doing this week. His message was entitled “Encourage” from Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

It was about speech, communication, conversationsomething at which we women are prolific! It was certainly convicting to me, and this is probably the third time I have heard this message. Some of us were talking after the meeting about how we needed to go home and apologize to our kids for unkind words that very morning!

C.J. pointed out that speech is significant. In other words, our words matter. It’s just that there are so many of theman estimated 25,000 per daythat we don’t often take them seriously. But, as Paul Tripp wrote in his book War of Words: “When we speak, it must be with the realization that God has given our words significance. He has ordained for them to be important…God has given words value. So we must do all we can to assign words the importance Scripture gives them.”

This week we will examine our 25,000 words per day in light of Ephesians 4:29 and assign those words “the importance Scripture gives them.” We’ll also discover the kind of words that bring glory to Him: edifying, appropriate, and purposeful words. And we will look at how this verse applies to our speech as women.

If you would like to listen to C.J.’s message, you can download it by clicking here.

Update: The link to the message has been fixed. You can also listen to it online.

Apr 1

Spring Fashion

2008 at 5:25 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Modesty

Spring is here, and the trees outside my bedroom window (I really have no idea what kind they are!) are in full bloom. Inside the local shopping mall, stores are stocked with the latest fashions. That means it is time for the annual girltalk public service encouragement to strive to dress modestly this season.

Why is this so important? Check out our “Fashion and Following the Savior” series (part one, two and three) for a biblical refresher course.

Flirtskirtlarge_3 Our Modesty Heart Check can also be a helpful tool to take shopping or reevaluate your wardrobe.

And you might find something cute and modest at one of these two websites: DownEast Basics and Christa-Taylor.

Happy Spring Shopping!