What Words Do You Speak?: Gospel Today Devotional - 7th October, 2021

Believers should be identified by the words they speak as well as they are very much identified by the lives they live. It is important that through our words, people get to see that there's a nature at work in us that would not permit us to talk the way others do, and that our words at all times should be edifying to people around us. Words are powerful, aren't they? If well spoken, can encourage, and exhort a person, and if not, can discourage a person. The most important thing therefore is that the one who speaks sees to it that his words achieve the former, not the latter.

What Words Do You Speak?: Gospel Today Devotional - 7th October, 2021

Let's say there was a disagreement between one who is a believer and one who is not and maybe the one who is not did something so unfair, and unacceptable. He knows this person is a believer, and expects that he takes the matter lightly, and maybe in the course of trying to settle the issue, they begin to exchange words, and suddenly he hears the believer say things like, "Is it because of my tie or scarf, and my big shirt or blouse? See, go and ask people about me, I am very crazy. You this prostitute, and little wonder you have five children with different fathers. Don't try me, please. I am not normal at all". 

You expect such a person to be surprised, right? Of course. There's nothing else you can do to convince such person you're a believer because your words show you're not. This was that which the apostle Paul had to address in his epistle to the saints at Ephesus. We can actually see this in the verse of scripture below,

"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).

It would be safe to infer that the apostle Paul knew what damage words could cause, and at the same time what positive influence it could have in the lives of people when used in ways that are very edifying, and of course, it is very important for believers to speak words that are edifying, and not to do otherwise.

In comparison with the illustration above about the believer saying words not expected of him/her, we can see from this scripture, and very important too that the words coming out of the mouth of any believer should be wholesome words.

So the apostle Paul exhorts that, no corrupt word should proceed out of your mouth ( words that are not consistent with the nature of God in you, demeaning, and destructive), but that which is good to the use of edifying (sound, healthy, and that is very much consistent with the nature of God in you), why? So that it may minister grace to the hearers(bring peace, encourage, exhort, lift up, draw the hearers to Christ himself).

The word of the Lord comes to you, and I today in a language so simple to understand, that as believers, sons of the living God, our words should be wholesome, edifying words that would minster grace at all times to all who listen to us. The Lord help us to abide by his words. Amen.

Thought for the day: 

Let your words at all times, and that by the help of God, minister grace to all who hear you.

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