The following sermon is 5 years old and is one of the last sermons I preached at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL, where I served as pastor for 16 years.
The sermon is based on Ephesians 4:29-32, which begins this way:
“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.”
I later preached this sermon in Colorado Springs and in Indio, California and in several other places. It seems like one of the most important messages God has given me in the last five years. As you listen, ask the Lord to help you examine your heart as you consider whether or not you’ve been grieving the Holy Spirit by unkind words and by anger that turns into malice.
At the end of the sermon I told the congregation that the thing troubled me most is that I see too much of myself in this text. I would still say that today. May God baptize our lips and cleanse us by his Spirit.
If God touches your heart through this message, please tell someone else about it.
The sermon transcript can be found here.