Worthless and Unwholesome Talk

It is not the ship in the water but the water in the ship that sinks it. So it is not the Christian in the world but the world in the Christian that constitutes the danger. Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.” J. Wilbur Chapman

That was a quote that a friend on Facebook posted. It was so relevant to what a dear daughter, my husband and I were discussing just a few moments earlier.

There is an adult neighbor that my children like to be around. They are now (or were) friends with this person on Facebook; as she is mine also. She has posted questionable content on her status updates that aren’t always appropriate for my children to hear/see. Tonight was one of those times. The words were abbreviated, but plain to know what she meant. I kindly let the neighbor know that my girls could see her profile and everything that goes on it. She got offensive and de-friended my daughters and I …much to my pleasure.

Dear daughter went to great lengths to defend the neighbor. What a skewed view! That is what we are working through.

When it comes to our family and any aspect of our lives, God’s word has to be the authority and final word.

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 grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Ephesians 4:29

I do not apologize for wanting to protect my children from any evil force, no matter who or what it comes from. This is a battle between good and evil that God has given me the authority to fight AND to come out victorious

Lord, You know the desire for my children to have friends in their lives. I pray now that You will help them to be wise in their choices of friends; to be discerning, watchful and mindful of other’s conduct. If their is anyone unwholesome in their lives, remove them from my children’s lives. Help my husband and I to know how to train them so that their speech is always something of worth and grace-filled so that it is fitting in Your sight. Amen