It is from Ephesians 4:29 that we get our marching orders today;
"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification (lifting up) according to the need of the moment that it may give grace (unmerited favor) to those who hear."
Speak in a way that always lifts up, instead of tear down, an individual/a situation so that the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ can be experienced on this side of heaven for all that so desperately need/require it. This includes the one speaking it, too.
I sometimes get caught up in the coarse jesting that tends to go on between brethren, family, friends, acquaintances and co-workers. I forget that many are just a word away from embracing the brunt of the joke given, taking it to heart allowing them to travel down a loathsome path away from God. I, We, must be more careful in this area.
Scripture says in Ephesians 5:4 - "Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving."
"Lord, provide for me the awareness to heed Ephesians 4:29 and 5:4 as I go about the purpose of why You chose me this day. In Jesus' name. Amen"
Be blessed this glorious day!
Brian K. Palmer