Ephesians 4:29 (Or, “Imagine a piece of duct tape”)



Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.”

The creators of this video ask us if this is the hardest command in the Bible – to not say anything that doesn’t help. To only build up. To only meet needs. Or to not speak at all. Period. Not one word.

And then they ask, what if we all did that? All day long?

What might the world look like?

Like most of you, I think this command may be impossible to accomplish; but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try!

I think I fail at this command every day. I try to stay positive, try to post positive blogs and preach positive sermons, try to speak well of others, never speak badly of those who have died, encourage those around me, but honestly, truth be told, I don’t always live up to this expectation. But that’s why I like this video. I think watching this video, hearing the scripture verse and committing it to memory might help me build the spiritual muscle I need to be more like Christ.  Maybe I can imagine that piece of duct tape … “only build.”

Thank you to all of you who serve as positive examples in my life of others who are working hard at this too – speaking “only what is helpful for building up others.”

Praying for all of you. Please pray for me too.

Peace friends,


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  • Marianne says:

    I LOVE this!! I am known to tell my family this exact same thing: “use your words to build each other up, not break each other down,” especially when they are teaching each other (or me) nonstop!! Thank you for this reminder that words are powerful things; they should be used judiciously and for good.

  • Ruta Bilafer says:

    Great food for thought Chuck!!

  • Janet Rife says:

    Helpful imagery! Perhaps we can never do it perfectly, but we can give it our best effort one day at a time.

  • Kathleen says:

    I really like this post. Not only does it make you stop and think- it gives a strong image as a daily reminder–I might have to keep a piece of duct tape in my pocket as a reminder!

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