Healthy Words

13 Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1).

The word for “sound” is the same word from which we get our word “hygiene” and thus could be translated “healthy.” Healthy words are those that are full of “the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” Faith and love wafted like a sweet aroma through everything the Apostle Paul taught them. He always offered a good example (“standard”) for his dear Philippians to copy, as his words were filled both with faith in Christ, as well as love for Him for all He accomplished on their behalf.

In their very nature, unhealthy words are anemic—depleted of faith and love, as their counterparts of doubt and ingratitude simply leave no room for them. Unhealthy words are like a contagious disease running rampant through the population, wreaking death and sorrow. They have no life in them.

Lord, help us This Day to use healthy words in everything we say, being full of faith in You and love for You. May our words not be anemic This Day! Amen.