Honor God verbally…
June 4th, 2019
Here is a bit of irony, words mean things, yet, often we don’t really carefully choose our words.
The disciple should temper their speech, as there are few things which can do as much damage or provide as much hope as the words we use.
May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (NET)
Our words tend to be the elephant in the room that we never really wish to consider or discuss. If we are using words inappropriately, we really would just as soon not be called out. If we are skillfully crafting our speech, then it would appear we are being boastful to pat ourselves on the back.
What was the Psalmist expressing here in the nineteenth Psalm? It encompasses the words we speak and the words that just rattle around in our thoughts. Both are important to consider as it’s apparent that there are acceptable and unacceptable dialogues we can enter into.
You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29 (NET)
We see both the possible harm and benefit that can come out of our mouths. It would be an appropriate measure of success or failure to evaluate just what grace is expressed in our words. I suppose it may be somewhat subjective to use this as a means of measurement, but I think the void between caustic and nurturing speech is wide with very few neutral values fitting into the content of normal discourse.
The power of words is demonstrated in Matthew…
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:37 (NET)
How much do we consider this? There is a song that has lyrics that say, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it for me!” It’s more than just a catchy phrase, it is solid theology. I’m not one to disregard any scripture, because it all is of benefit for us.
Gossip is prevalent with not just women but men as well. I think the ladies get a bad rap in this department, while the men are given a pass as having critical thinking. Baloney! Men do it every bit as much as ladies if not more and in more diverse ways.
Our words should dispense grace and joy, true there are serious things we have to talk about, but even the most sober of discussions can be generously laced with grace.
And if we are not in weighty conversations, pour on the grace and joy. We have something to share with every person alive, and the most genuine and disarming way to approach our duties of being the light of the world is to impart that light in a spirit of grace, joy, and sincere hope.
“Worldly Words” are worthless to the disciple, sharing the Words of God is like spreading honey on everything around us.
“I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:36-37 (NET)
In the Grace of Jesus!