By steve

What Are You Saying

October 27, 2017

We are living in a time when everyone has something to say. We all have opinions and we want them to be heard. People are angry and yelling at each other and they are saying crazy things.

The Bible gives us clear guidelines for our communication and conversations. James gives us some good advice:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)

When we take a moment, and pause before we say what’s on our mind to speak, it can make a difference and help us to speak kindlier. Paul also picks up on this:

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. (Colossians 4:6)

It is not only what we say but also how we say it that affects our conversation. The tone does matter:

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:1, 4)

 

There are times when we are falsely accused or have something said about us that is wrong and very hurtful. We need to follow Jesus’ example when He faced a similar situation:

But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. (Matthew 27:12)

I know it’s a hard thing to do as we believe that our best defense to slander and false accusation is to lash out and make our case loud and strong. Our Lord thought differently and remained silent.

We must continue to make our journey through all the loud noise, harsh words and a time when everyone wants to get something off their chest. People are willing to stretch the boundaries of good manners and sober expression to get their points across. Let us apply the words of the Psalmist in our everyday conversations and dialogue:

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)

We sang a little song in Sunday School and I think it is fitting for our present situation. I wish I could get my class of boys and girls to sing it for you:

Be careful little mouth what you say

Be careful little mouth what you say

For the Father up above is looking down in love

So be careful little mouth what you say.