Monday, July, 18, 2016 | 2:42 PM | by Pastor Rick
Let's All Calm Down
Wow! Let’s all calm down.
Hate speech is now the norm. You can’t turn on the TV, Radio or surf the internet without someone getting in your face and spewing all types of hate.
What are God’s people to do? How are we to react? Thankfully we have the words of God to guide us not some politician or community activist!
Ephesians 4:25-32 says, 29 “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you”. (NLT)
Wow! What a relevant practical message for all of us!
Listen, people who are a part of the Kingdom of God are supposed to be different than the rest of the world. They will think differently, they will talk differently, they will act differently. They will have different motives, they will worship differently. In other words, true children of the Kingdom of God are very easily distinguished from the world. This is consistently taught throughout the Word of God.
Now, I’ll be very frank with you. Nothing – nothing – is more distasteful to me than filthy communication. I don’t want to be a part of that. I don’t like to be around that. That’s not something that interests me.
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them”.
Corrupt is sapros; it means rotten. And it has to do with something that is worthless, and useless; that is diseased. A rotten vegetable, or a rotten fruit, is something that is useless and worthless. It smells, it is offensive, it doesn’t do anything for anybody, in fact, you don’t want to get near it, let alone eat it. That kind of talk has no place. Whether it’s off-color jokes, profanity, dirty stories, crude things, there’s no place in the life of a Christian for that stuff.
Let me give you a verse to remember. Psalm 141:3, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth and keep the door of my lips.”
Listen – if Jesus Christ is the doorkeeper of your lips, then He’ll be the one who determine what comes out. There’s no place for foul communication. I’m not interested in off-color jokes and dirty stories. I’m not interested in innuendo and gossip. That doesn’t interest me at all.
Colossians talks about that. And the apostle Paul, in chapter 3, talking about killing all the old things, says, verse 8: “Put off filthy communication out of your mouth.” No place for that. You know what? When anybody talks like, that it’s pretty obvious what’s going on, because Matthew, chapter 12, says, “Out of the abundance of the heart” - what – “the mouth speaks.”
You can tell a lot about somebody’s heart by what comes out of their mouth.
Whenever you talk, if the Lord is keeping watch over your lips, and you open your mouth, whatever comes out should build other people up; edifying means building up. It should build them up. It should be encouraging, it should be strengthening, it should be spiritually edifying, spiritually positive, spiritually strengthening, spiritually building them up.
Is that what happens when you talk? When you pass by someone, and they talk with you for a matter of a few moments, do they go away built up in Jesus Christ? Do they go way edified in Jesus Christ? Is that what it is that happens?
Is there sweetness in what you say, that blesses, and soothes the soul? You know, every time you open your mouth, it should be building, it should be encouraging, and it should be gracious.
That’s the way we ought to talk. That’s what ought to come out of our mouths, not filthy communication. We have a new heart, and out of the abundance of a new heart should come a new speech. I love what it says in Luke 4:22; “And everybody spoke well of Jesus witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.”
Oh, I love that. When Jesus opened His mouth, graciousness came out, and when He spoke, it was edifying, it was necessary, and it was gracious. And if you “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly”, according to Colossians 3:16, when you open your mouth, that’s what will come out too. And if the Lord sets a watch over your tongue, and if the Lord is the one who keeps your lips, yours can be the same.
Check your words. Colossians 4:6 talks about that our speech should be seasoned with salt. You know, there’s a corruption in the world, and salt - we are to be salt to that. You know, when something would corrupt, they’d put salt on it, and salt would retard the corruption.
What about when you talk? Are you a part of the corruption, or do you retard the corruption? Are you salt, or are you just more of the corruption? When you open your mouth, are you the salt that retards the corruption, or are you just part of the corruption?
Let me ask you a question.
If we could be those who have no bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, but are characterized by an incessant kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness, do you think the world might take a note of our message?
I think they would. That’s the way new men and women are to act. Examine yourself, whether you are in the faith. Do you speak truth? Do you have control of anger, so that it only operates in righteous ways? Do you share? Do you speak graciously? Do you love in kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness? New men live new lives.
In this era of in your face hatefulness let our speech be seasoned with words of grace that build up and edify.
Peace, Pastor Rick
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