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. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Eph. 4:29-30
Glorious Triune God---Father, Son, and Holy Spirit---I praise you for the incalculable riches of redemption you've lavished on us in the gospel. Father, for planning such a stunning salvation; Jesus, for accomplishing all things necessary for our complete salvation; Holy Spirit, for faithfully applying the work of Jesus to us. I wish I had adequate words to express my gratitude, but my words fail me.
That being said, I don't want my words to fail you, gracious God. You spoke the Word which gave life to my dead spirit---giving me both the will and the wherewithal to believe the gospel. Forgive me when I speak words, or even think words, which have the opposite effect on others, bringing discouragement, decay, even death. Forgive me for being a poor steward of the great gift of communication.
Holy Spirit, you faithfully preach the gospel to my heart---incessantly telling me that I'm a beloved child of God, that Jesus is my righteousness, Advocate and Bridegroom. Continue to so fill my heart with the grace of Jesus that, like Balaam's donkey, I cannot help but offer blessings to others. Train my heart and tongue in gospel-speak. Make me fluent in the vocabulary of heaven. Convict me quickly when my words are poorly chosen, or when they are intentionally hurtful, or when there are simply too many of them.
You've sealed me for the day of redemption. I don't want to sadden or grieve you by a foolish and hurtful misuse of words. I'm called to build up, not tear down. You study my needs and speak only helpful words to my heart. Educate me in the needs of my family and friends that I might likewise speak only words of encouragement and hope---even when that requires saying the hard things.
Lord Jesus, I praise you for taking the Father's word of final judgment on the cross, that I might hear him speak the words of constant welcome, acceptance and affection. So very Amen I pray, with a grateful heart, in your holy and loving name.