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Bible Ballistics: BBs #781 Kindness Has No Expiration Date!!
“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.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness,
and evil speaking,
be put away from you,
with all malice:
32 And be ye kind
one to another,
forgiving one another,
even as God
for Christ’s sake
hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:29-32
How often I forget that “words” matter, and “kindness” can be broadcast or crushed by our words. As a proverb that I often quote says, “Watch your words, and keep them sweet! You never know which ones you’ll eat!”; yet so often I forget that my words are of eternal import—not because I’m of any particular import, but because my words have the power to heal or to wound, to lift up or put down, to lead others to Jesus or drive them away! Ouch! And remember once the “word” is out, we can’t take it back, recover the scope or often repair any damage done! When was the last time that we considered our “words”? Let’s do just that today by comparing what God calls us to be and do to what we are actually doing. As I sit here writing this article the Spirit of God is pouring out conviction over my own personal failures.
Yet, in that conviction there is hope for ‘correction’, and Paul has even more to say to us about our speech—our words!
“Walk in wisdom
toward them that are without,
redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be alway
seasoned with salt,
that ye may know
how ye ought to answer
every man.” Colossians 4:5-6
We are to exercise wisdom in all our ways, especially in our words—how untrue is the children’s little chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me!” Words can harm, hurt, and injure a soul to the core, so we are called to be wise in choosing how to reply to others, when to offer correction and instruction, and when and how to offer encouragement. (And remember we’re to be like seasoning–NOT like brine!)
Peter has a timely word in this regard:
“And who is he that will harm you,
if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake,
happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror,
neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always
to give an answer
to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience;
that, whereas they speak evil of you,
as of evildoers,
they may be ashamed that falsely accuse
your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better,
if the will of God be so,
that ye suffer for well doing,
than for evil doing.” 1 Peter 3:13-17
Peter reminds us (and remember he is writing to believers who are being persecuted for their faith) that we are to be bold and confident in our Lord who has us in HIS hand. We can and are to:
Not fear what “man can do to me”—
Be happy to share in Christ’s suffering—
Sanctify The Lord in our hearts—
BE READY to give and answer for our faith—
Answer with meekness and fear (awe of God not man)-
Have a good conscience—not being a poor witness—
(For we are all witnesses—good or bad—we are witnesses!)
Ready to accept God’s will regarding suffering—
Jesus says it best, yet we often forget this in our lives and our prayers!
“After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
And lastly, for today, but certainly not least, Paul’s message about our armor and how it was to be put on– “Praying always”!!! For all the saints—wherever they may be!
with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto
with all perseverance
for all saints;” Ephesians 6:18
Instead of criticism, or gossip, or comparing others faults to our perceived strengths, let us be “Praying always” for those we are tempted to put down. May or goal be to truly speak God’s truth “in love”.
“But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him
in all things,
which is the head,
even Christ:” Ephesians 4:15
May we ever be known as those who speak “the truth in love”! But to speak “truth” we must know truth by being in The Word of God! Oh Father, may we be found faithful, true, and kind by the power of your precious Holy Spirit! Always!!!
Amen and Amen!!!