Title: I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TALK WELL
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every manColossians 4:6
This organ in your mouth called the tongue is a very powerful weapon, do you know that? With this weapon, you can declare your salvation and with this same tool, you can end your own life. A lot of people today are paying the price for what they spoke. Some know this, some still don’t.
I’m not going into a whole expository about the tongue, rather, I’d like to deal with us and the kind of words we allow to come out of our mouths especially as children of God. James 3 focuses much on the tongue, you can check that out for further insights on why and how to keep your tongue in check. A person’s ability to control their tongue reflects their control over their entire being.
You see this thing we call “the Christian walk”, it is a very delicate and serious issue that we should be sincere about. One problem with many saints is that we aren’t yet sincere with our issues, and these make it difficult for their solutions to be proffered. Everyone claims right and declares perfection even to the face of God who is able to help them. Remember the scripture in Hebrews 4:16 declares for us to come boldly without fear or timidity before the throne to access grace and mercy? We won’t be asked to come if we didn’t need it. He gives it because we need it.
One of such issues is the fruit of our lips. I’ve sat down with some believers and after hearing them speak for a while, I marvel at them. With all love in my heart, I’ll like to say that many saints don’t speak like saints. You’ll think you’re actually listening to an unbeliever when you hear them speak. Their words don’t encourage, build, inspire, teach or comfort for godliness. Rather, most even confuse, discourage goodness and encourage worldliness. Brethren, this ought not to be so.
Our opening text tells us the kind of things that should come out of our lips, words seasoned with salt. Salt is sweet, so your words should be something people want to hear because it brings some value to them. It helps them see a better day, a better them and a better world. Salt is a preservative, so your words should sustain the good and godliness in others not encourage decay. Salt cleanses/purifies, so your words should pierce but end up clearing the minds of those who hear you. Salt pinches but heals sores, so your words spoken in truth should pinch but not to discourage, destroy or break but to heal and make better those who hear you.
Why does salt become the perfect example here? Jesus says we are the salt of the Earth. Hence, when salt opens, you should see more salt inside and not bitterness – Matt. 5:13.
Before you speak, ask these questions:
- Does it glorify God?
- Does it reflect my Christianity in a good light?
- Is it the truth that has spiritual proof
- Does it have the ability to help my hearer in a good way even if at first they don’t feel good about it?
- Can I defend it when thrown back at me in judgement?
As you walk with God, start getting conscious of your words. If indeed we are children of God, then let us start speaking the way He would. And if you’re having an issue with how you talk, why not ask the Holy Ghost to help you master your tongue. Ask Him today to teach you to put godliness before your mouth and cause His words to flow through your mouth and not your feelings nor your thoughts alone. Amen.
God blesses you today
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– James George
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