Words of Life

They are a little late, but here are the notes from the message 10/20/13.

I.  Right Speech: Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

I have appreciated this verse for many years.  Knowing the right thing to say is not always easy.  It is a wonderful thing when we can sense that we have been inspired by the Holy Spirit in what we say.  Speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is the best way to be able to answer people.  Often, we must answer people from what is in our own heart.  We should aim to be able to say things that have Holy Spirit approval, even if it is not Holy Spirit inspired.

II.  Life and Death:  Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

As children we were told that “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  Today, we recognize the power that our words have to bring either life or death to those around us.  The question is: ” Are our words bringing life or death?”

III.  Words of Death:  Colossians 3:8-10

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

A.  Words spoken in anger, wrath, or malice can bring great harm.  Once spoken, things cannot be un-spoken.  If we think about it even a little, most of us can think of things that we have said in anger that we have later regretted.  We should strive to always speak in such a way that we will not have to regret our words.

B.  Blasphemy is a word not often used today.  However, there are many people who regularly use the Lord’s name in vain.  Curses using the Lord’s name clearly falls under the category of death.

C.  Filthy language, I understand as both profanity and course jesting.  I have met Christians who do not think that there is anything wrong with profanity as long as they are not using the Lord’s name.  These verses identify “filthy language” as unacceptable Christian speech.

D.  Lies are frequently spoken by people today.  Many people accept the idea of a “little white lie”.   There is no such thing.  Christians are to speak the truth, or not speak at all.  We do not have to share every thought that goes through our minds.  Some things do not need to be spoken.

E.  Gossip, backbiting or strife are also to be avoided.  These kinds of words tear down, rather than build up.  They are words of death.

IV.  Words of Life: Proverbs 25:11-12

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

The right words, at the right time, in the right way, are a beautiful thing.

A.  Praising God is an excellent use of our voice.

B.  Prayers are always appropriate.

C.  Testifying of what God has done in our life is a great way of sharing the good news.

D.  Words of encouragement are appreciated and helpful.

E.  Words of instruction are good, but they must be given at the right way and at the right time.

Conclusion:  Our words are a very big part of our testimony of what God is doing in our lives.  I do not mean simply those words that we say when we are intentionally telling someone about Christ.  I am talking about how the light of Christ shines through our lives at all times, in whatever we say.  Obviously, for some of us, this is an area that could use a lot of improvement. May God help us to be filled with His Spirit, so that His light will shine through our lives.  May we not speak words of death, but words of life.

 

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