Sunday, March 4
"No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear."
How many of us are tired of the way people talk to each other? Spend ten minutes watching cable news or a reality show, and the idea of having a civil and intelligent conversation has gone out the door, in favor of sound bites and “shouting down” anyone that has an opposing view. As Christ followers, more and more we are falling into the same mud pits in which everyone else is fighting. When was it biblical to call people names, belittle others that we disagree with, and rejoice in the misfortune of others? Not once did Jesus encounter a person, who was lost in darkness and sin, and ridicule and marginalize them.
As the average person pushes the idea of God and faith further and further into the recesses of society, believers will come up with many reasons why this is happening. Many of them are legitimate, but how many will say, “Because we have failed to be the kind of people that the lost want to be around?” Are we having conversations and attitudes that people, even if they are totally against any concept of God, would want to be a part of.
Part of rebooting ourselves needs to involve rebooting how we talk. When was the last time you said something about someone in the opposing political party that did not have venom in it? If you saw a person who you knew did not believe in God and was struggling, would you comfort and encourage them, or would you stand off to the side and think they were getting what they deserve? This verse ends with the words, “That it may give grace to those who hear.” Grace indicates providing something to someone who did not deserve it. The challenge today is to let your words encourage and uplift someone who did nothing to deserve it, and see how it can open doors and build relationships.
Lord, make my words today be ones that come from You. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak through me and into the lives of the people that I encounter. Allow those conversations to bring peace, healing, and create a foundation for being able to share the wonderful news of what You can do in a person’s life.
- Pastor Dave