“I’m only saying what’s true!” Hogwash! We get to choose the words that come out of our mouths—let’s not excuse negative ones on the basis of their accuracy but filter our words through the sieve of Ephesians 4: Are our words wholesome and helpful? Upbuilding and beneficial? Kind and compassionate, dripping with forgiveness and grace?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,

but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,

that it may benefit those who listen…

Be kind and compassionate to one another,

forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29, 32

There is no room for negativity, for unkind, manipulative words. But there is a heart-hunger to hear words that build up, enrich, and inspire.

The best way to have those words in reserve, ready to speak, is to have them in our hearts.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart,

and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.

For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

Let’s store up lovely thoughts—those that are noble, right, pure, admirable, excellent (Phil. 4:8), and listen as our tongues release words reflective of our hearts.