Our language should not be characterized by corrupt words, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).  A corrupt word is anything said that does not edify the other person, it is speech used for the purpose of tearing another person down. 


Our communication should be founded on the principle that love acts as a cover, “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).  Husbands and wives should allow love and respect do its work, we ought to overlook the small things that annoy us. 


The scriptures tell us exactly what we are to put off and put on.  In Ephesians 4:31, we are told, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.”  Instead, we are to put on the following attributes: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. “


Believers are also called to speak the truth in love and not lie, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15).  Additionally, believers should be “…putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25).

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