We are accountable for the words we choose to use. As believers who have put off the old self and put on the new self, we have to make a conscious effort to move from using corrupting words to using encouraging words. Although we have lots of words and scriptures to choose from, specifically choosing words that are meaningful and appropriate to the listener’s situation will aid in building others up according to their specific needs.

What is edification? How can the words we choose to use impact our ability to contribute to the edification of others?

What do you think of when Paul writes about “building others up according to their needs” in Ephesians 4:29?

Why should we consider what we bring into a conversation (i.e., presence, proclivities, passions, patience, purpose) beyond the words we speak?

Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. Why is it important for us to understand and remain obedient in our specific roles and responsibilities as planters or waterers in our conversations with others?

Do you have any proclivities that could have a negative impact on your conversations with others? If so, how can you proactively prevent this from happening?

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