Tonight I was dealing with a bit of an attitude about something so I did a keyword search and this is where I ended up. Ephesians 4:25;29
Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.
and check out vs 29 in the amplified
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
I’ve realized that when I have a bad attitude towards someone the first thing I do is complain. I totally did this right before reading this scripture and writing this post. I also find it interesting that attitude is one thing God has been trying to work with me on and its what I was tested in today. When I complain i’m using “polluting language, worthless talk.”
Next time when in this situation comes up, and I know it will, when I am tested I need to remember to speak good things that are beneficial to the spiritual progress of the person I’m having an attitude towards. Can you imagine the change that will make not only in my attitude but in that person. I need be a blessing and give God’s grace and favor instead.
I also noted that the scripture says, “as is fitting for the need and the occasion”. I need to be aware of my situation and what my words are in that moment. Are they beneficial or are they just “worthless talk”. If you think about it we talk a lot of “worthless talk” these days. Another thing I’m getting from this scripture is I really need to be aware of my words not only when dealing with my attitude but at all times. Are my words worthless or uplifting? Really good food for thought!