Words Exalt Christ or Defile Ourselves

by James L. Snyder

The average person speaks about 30,000 words each day. This represents a vast reservoir of words in the English language to express anything desired. Our Constitution also guarantees every American the freedom of speech. This means that we have the ability and the liberty to say anything we please. You and I choose which words we use, and are responsible for each one used. This leads me to inquire what percentage of this verbiage truly displays a Christ-like spirit? Within the scope of the English vocabulary are words which express bitterness, envy, jealousy, hatred, and anger. The Bible points out that such expressions are not becoming to the Christian. We, of all people, should be above using such utterances. Our English language is so beautiful and expressive when used by one who is filled with the love of God. It can also be abusive and harmful when used by one filled only with self. The words we use convey to others what is really inside. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. How much of what we say each day really exalts Christ and edifies others? Are we truly giving to God the "fruit of our lips" as we are admonished to do in the Scriptures? Are we tearing people down or trying our best to build them up? The right word at the right time can do much to encourage someone going through a difficult time. If we would spend more time encouraging people, we would have less time to criticize them. James says, "let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak" We are to be wise stewards of our words. Overall, people use words carelessly, without much thought. Parents need to be careful of words used around the home. Remember, little ears are connected to little mouths. They only repeat what they hear. Let's not be guilty of teaching our children how to talk without teaching them what to say.
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