Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (New American Standard Bible)
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (New King James Version)
The content of this verse is principally directed at the one who will be speaking words. The context of the chapter is relationships. As I read this verse I wonder how much liberty we are given as hearers of the words being spoken. Here are my questions.
- May I make known to others the need of the moment and seek out words of encouragement that grace might be imparted to me?
- May I express to others that edification is necessary and would be greatly appreciated?
- Then the logical question to follow would be: to whom might such requests be made?
When I am feeling like some edification is needed in my own life my brain thinks these thoughts: Give out encouragement, what you sow you will reap. David encouraged himself in the Lord, I can too. Just get over it. Quit whining. You are going to be fine. Yet, I would never think of saying such things to someone I see who is down, or I perceive is having a hard time.
Lately I have been feeling that I am too hard on myself. This relates to many areas in my life. At this moment I am considering the likelihood of positive effects resulting from being more forthcoming with others about when I feel like I need edification.
If you want answer any of the above questions feel free to do so.