What comes out of our mouth matters. It is not just about foul language, but any words that are rotten. Especially in today society the value of true, honest, and good words that are intended to build up and meet the need are of great value because what we listen to every day coming out of the mouths of our social medias, leaders, and news organizations is rotten. Words can help or words can hurt. Words can convey the truth or communicate lies. How we say things is really more important than a lot of times we realize. Rotten words are words that are likened to rotten fruit, they negatively impact everything they are around. These are not limited to foul language, but any word that seeks to corrupt. We often refer to this type of speech today as politically correct. Satan will take advantage of any situation to tempt a saint to use words that are rotten. Do we really want to give a place for the devil in our lives?

Stop letting every rotten word proceed out from your mouth, but what is good (beneficial) towards building up the need in order to give grace to the listener. – Ephesians 4:29

The way we should speak is with grace. Since grace is an attitude whereby we give a benefit without consideration of merit, we do not respond in kind to a person in the way we speak. Rather, we speak in a manner that reflects who we are in Christ, regardless of whether or not they deserve it.

Your words always in grace, seasoned with salt, to know how it is necessary to answer each one. – Colossians 4:6

Be slow to speak, and quick to listen. Listen with purpose, that is, listen to respond to what is said, not waiting to say something.

So that, my beloved brethren, every man be swift to listen, slow to speak, slow to wrath – James 1:19

How we handle are tongue also expresses to those around us our faith. If we think to be religious and cannot control our tongue, we only fool ourselves.

If someone thinks to be religious among you and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this religion is worthless, James 1:26

We fall on many things; words do not need to be one of those. Let us as we mature, take the time to pay attention to what we are saying and learn to speak in a way that benefits others.

For we all stumble on many things, if someone does not stumble in word, this one is a mature man, inherently able to bridle also the whole body – James 3:2

Satan will take advantage of us in any way he can. Let us not give him place in our words; rather, let us learn to speak in grace, seeking to always use our words for good so that the only thing we convey with the way we speak is who we are in Christ. This means we will speak the truth, not sugar coat things. For the truth is beneficial to others. However, when we convey that truth with grace, we will have a far greater impact on the one listening than if we use rotten language.