For edification:

“So then, we should pursue the things of peace, and the things for edification among each other.” ~ Romans 14:19

“Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.” Romans 15:2

“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.” ~ Ephesians 4:29

With seasoned speech:

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” ~ Colossians 4:6

In gentleness:

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” ~ Proverbs 15:1

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” ~ Proverbs 15:8

“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.” ~ Proverbs 25:25

For encouragement:

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

With the truth:

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.’ Ephesians 4:25

In love:

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…” ~ Ephesians 4:15

With integrity:

“He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” ~ Psalm 15:2

“A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.” ~ Proverbs 11:13

“So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.” ~ Matthew 7:20
“And why not say, just as some people slanderously claim we say, “Let us do what is evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!” ~ Romans 3:8


“…to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” ~ Psalm 10:18

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Psalm 39:1

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” ~ Psalm 82:3

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” ~ Proverbs 24:11-12

“Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow’s cause.” ~ Isaiah 1:17

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” ~ Micah 6:8

With patience:

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.” ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8

“A patient person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.” ~ 14:29

“Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.” ~ Proverbs 16:32

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” ~ Ephesians 4:1-3

In righteousness:

“The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.” ~ Psalm 37:30

“The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.” ~ Proverbs 10:31

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.” ~ Proverbs 10:32

“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” ~ Proverbs 15:28

“Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” ~ Proverbs 16:13

In kindness:

“The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.” ~ Proverbs 15:4

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” ~ Proverbs 16:24

“He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.” ~ Proverbs 22:11
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” ~ Proverbs 31:26

With wisdom:

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” ~ Proverbs 12:18

“The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” ~ Proverbs 15:2

“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” ~ Proverbs 16:21

“The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.” ~ Proverbs 16:23

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” ~ Proverbs 17:28

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.” ~ Proverbs 18:4

“A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.’ ~ Proverbs 19:11

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” ~ Proverbs 29:11

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” ~ Proverbs 31:26

“The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” Ecclesiastes 9:17-18

“The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.” ~ Ecclesiastes 10:12

The Gospel:

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” ~ Psalm 96:3

“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” ~ Proverbs 25:25

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” ~ Mark 16:15

To contend:

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.” ~ Philippians 1:27-28

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:12

“…but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.” ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” ~ Jude 1:3

With self control:

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” ~ Proverbs 17:28

“It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” ~ Matthew 15:11


“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” ~ Proverbs 25:12


“A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.” ~ Proverbs 13:17

“Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.” ~ Proverbs 25:13

In praise with thanksgiving and songs:

“The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” ~ Exodus 15:2

“I will praise You forever for what You have done. In the presence of Your faithful people, I will put my hope in Your name, for it is good.” ~ Psalm 52:9

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!’ ~ Psalm 68:4

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” ~ Psalm 95:2

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” ~ Psalm 100:4

“My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” ~ Psalm 119:171-173

“Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!” ~ Psalm 135:3

“Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.” ~ Psalm 147:1

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” ~ Ephesians 1:3-6

In prayer:

“I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah” ~ Psalm 32:7

“So Jesus told them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.” ~ Luke 11:2

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” ~ Luke 18:1

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” ~ Romans 12:12

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” ~ Ephesians 1:15-21

“Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” ~ Ephesians 6:18

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” ~ Philippians 1:3-5

“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” ~ Colossians 4:2-4

“…pray without ceasing…” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-3

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” ~ James 5:16


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