So what do you think? It’s good to tell children to clean up their rooms and tidy up when they have made a mess, right? That seems obvious, right?
But how is it done in this graphic strip? It is done in a “gotcha” kind of way. This happens when one person makes the other feel comfortable and relaxed so that they have their defenses down. Then they are slammed unexpectedly.
This doesn’t just happen in parent to child interactions. It can happen in adult to adult interactions as well. This does not edify, or “build up.” Instead it “tears down.” This does not minister grace.
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 (NRSV)
Maybe there is more to “corrupt communications” than just the actual words said (like curse words)? Maybe the motivations and intended purposes are important too?
Here is the good news. With the Spirit of Christ in us, we can use our words to edify others and minister grace to them.