I have heard the saying growing up “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” This is only partly true because sometimes you need to say things that are not nice. For example, if there is something that needs to be corrected or called out. Through prayer, we want to correct that behavior and do it in a way that would encourage them and build them up with an element of grace. The world would love to use their words to tear down.
Paul reminds his readers, we are not like the Gentiles. They are given to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness (Ephesians 4:19). If we are indeed taught by Christ (Ephesians 4:21) then we are to put off the old man. Put off the old self with things like lying and let us speak truth to one another. Be angry but do not let your anger cause you to sin. These things grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30)
So join me today in putting off the old man with its corrupt way and put on the new man. Then when we speak, others are blessed.