Our God is not an “it”, He is a personal being who has emotions…what a great truth. He cares about you and me! God is relational. All you have to do is look at the Great Commandment…love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself. Love God, love others and do not forget to have a healthy love, respect and care for yourself (He created you!). The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35 simply declares, “Jesus wept.”
Since He is relational and has feelings, do you ever wander what makes Him cry or sad? Ephesians 4:30 is a powerful verse, And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. To figure out what makes Him cry or grieve, we have to start with the conjunction, “And.” A conjunction is a connector and gives us context, perspective. In this case, it connects verses Ephesians 4:29 and 30. So, let’s figure out what verse 29 states. It declares, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” This verse is straightforward. Don’t let corrupting, rotten or unwholesome words proceed out of your mouth but only what builds up your listener(s). The result is that your words give grace to those who hear. Grace words build up not tear down. There is a dynamite phrase in verse 29, “as fits the occasion.” This means that your words are sensitive, personal, aware, understanding to and of your listener. It has been said that if Christians would make verse 29 alive in their lives, over 75% of our marriages would be healed. And, because of constant edification, the large majority of our kids would grow up feeling great about themselves and sensitive, caring towards others.
So, let’s not forget. Jesus not only cares about you, but cares about others around you especially those closest to you. Speak in an edifying manner to others. This pleases our personal, loving, grace filled God.