L: Monday morning homework.Posted: March 28, 2011 | Author: L | Filed under: Uncategorized | Leave a comment »
Much like C, I’m feeling quite a bit under the weather today. But don’t worry. It’s nothing water, vitamin C and a couple doses of Nyquil won’t take care of.
At breakfast this morning, we three girls of the seafoam cavern had to hand in little bit of homework. The requirement: study Ephesians 4:29 and write a short paragraph – or two – on something that stands out to us. Since we all did a great job (I’m oh-so-humble) and I’m not feeling very creative right now, I thought that it would be a good (and convenient) opportunity to share them with you. So here are our paragraphs and a look into a portion of our home schooling world.
BTW: we were instructed by our papa that we should use blueletterbible.org and it was super helpful! I fully recommend it to anyone who is studying portions of the Bible.
My family has been memorizing Ephesians 4:29 together and also researching the Greek within this specific verse. We have already dissected this scripture in many ways, but while I was reading through it again by myself I decided to search out the word “hearers” and see what Blue Letter Bible had to say about it more in depth. We had already as a family discussed this specific part of the verse and at first it seemed silly that I even search out this one word, but as I was reading the different definitions Blue Letter Bible had on hearers or hear, it seemed to impact me again.
Blue Letter Bible Lexicon Results under the Outline of Biblical Usage
(3) To hear something; (b) to get by hearing learn; (c) a thing comes to one’s ears, to find out, learn
When we hear something ourselves it can impact our lives, and I think we forget that the words we speak are being taken in as a teaching of some sort and being learned from. Whether the learning is their view changing of our person or the learning being them taking in our words and changing according to those words, it is changing something inside of them.
The words we speak are not only changing others, but are changing who we will become.
Ephesians 4:29, NKJV, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
I find it quite interesting that in the authorized text, the verse says “communication” instead of “word” in the first phrase. As someone who has grown up with the NKJV version of this verse memorized, I find that the idea of bad communication rather than words a little more applicable. A single word by itself is usually not bad, discouraging, or unedifying but it is the string of words which the single word is put with that creates the discouraging affect. A focus on what kind of communication is created is something I can relate to and work on in my own life.
Imparting. What is that? We’ll another way to say it is “to minister to” or “to give” someone something. How do we give grace? What does grace even mean? How about favour, love, joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, kindness. Sounds almost like the fruit of the spirit to me!
So – next time you say something think about it first. Are you giving kindness with your words? Are you imparting grace?