When men speak, it is not written in stone; but when God says something, it cannot be changed. Man is movable, but God is immovable. In human languages a word means one thing to one man and something else to another. When God speaks through the written pages of sacred Scripture or audibly, he knows exactly what he means.
When men and women read holy Scripture, they tend to put human meanings to what is written. If they read the word "love" in the Bible, they tend to think of the love they understand and have experienced. Believers do not know God, although they know of Him. When they read "GOD IS LOVE," they cannot comprehend it, but if you ask them, they will say: "Oh yes, I understand "GOD IS LOVE."
If you say, "But you can't really know God. He's greater than the oceans he created, and you cannot know the oceans." The answer you get back might be, "Listen, you are offending me. I know the oceans and I know God."
The captains of ships may know how to travel the surfaces of the oceans, but have they dived miles down into its depths to probe every mystery hidden in those oceans? If a man had a hundred lifetimes he could not know the infinite nature of the oceans anymore than he could understand and experience the infinite nature of God.
But "LET EVERY MAN BE PERSUADED IN HIS OWN MIND." When you meet someone who cannot discuss the meanings of words and phrases in the Bible, you have met someone with little or no interest in going any further into the Light of God. It will do no good to argue with them, yet no man can fully know God. It is impossible for the finite to fully understand the infinite. You can get a good and healthy prospective of who God is by HIDING THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR HEART that you might not sin against him. For THE WORD IS SPIRIT when it is lived.
"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD AND "THE WORD WAS GOD."
To get to know God, we have been given the Word of God to learn and to live. When God uses the word "love" in the Scriptures, he is speaking of the kind of empowerd love Christ demonstrated on the cross at Calvary, laying down his life in obedience to God for the love of his people. That is ABSOLUTE LOVE.
Saint Paul wrote: "LET NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION PROCEED OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, BUT THAT WHICH IS GOOD TO THE USE OF EDIFYING, THAT IT MAY MINISTER GRACE UNTO THE HEARERS." (Ephesians 4:29)
This is one of those many ABSOLUTES you will find in holy Scripture if you are diligent in considering what you are reading in the Bible. Saint Paul is teaching us to LET ABSOLUTELY NO CORRUPT COMMUNICATION GO OUT OF OUR MOUTH! The test of whether it is corrupt or not is whether it is edifying.
Edification is simply a word for building up others rather than tearing them down with CORRUPT COMMUNICATIONS.
The second part of the definition contained in the text for what is edifying, is that our words should "MINISTER GRACE UNTO THE HEARERS." You can see by what the Apostle to the Gentiles said, how he would have us all speak as ministers from our spiritual plane. We are all to "MINISTER GRACE UNTO THE HEARERS."
In the same context, the Apostle continued to say to us down through the centuries: "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:30/32)
Do you see by speaking bitterly, wrathfully, angrily, clamourously, or by speaking evil; you will grieve the holy Spirit; and in doing so, you will hinder your own sanctification and your own spiritual advancement.
To make matters worse, speaking corruptly or evil in any way becomes a habit; so many are snared in habits which are hard to break, and the sanctification process is greatly hindered. To build holiness in speech, we must ABSOLUTELY cease from all corrupt communications.