My Fitness

Sunday, February 2, 2014

controlling words

"...the impact of our spiritual life can be neutralized if we fail to control our words." (LUC, p94)

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. (James 1:26 ESV)

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (Proverbs 17:28 ESV)

"If God is really at work in [Christian's] hearts, their speech will demonstrate His controlling influence. Religious words alone, without the Holy Spirit's presence within, are worthless." (LUC, p95)

My spiritual life can be neutralized if I do not bridle my tongue because self-control is of the Spirit and whatever comes out of my mouth proceeds from my heart.  What is deceptive about an unbridled tongue? I deceive myself by speaking truths without wisdom without grace without love.

How many religious people forget to speak with the sole purpose of glorifying God? Two people can share the same message; one in godly love while glorifying God and the other in self love and seeking their own glory. And perhaps there is a third type that has deceived themselves into thinking that they love God and yet they really only seek to be correct. Wanting to correct, to be seen as right, is self glorification.

It is possible that the most God glorifying thing a Christian can do is not correct another.

What should I do, then, if I meet a Christian leading what appears to be an ungodly life? There is still time. A new Christian, even an old one, can genuinely love The Lord and not be completely perfect. For me, the litmus test is, "do you desire to be obedient to all that God says?" It doesn't mean that the person is completely obedient yet. But as God reveals to that individual so he will begin to obey. No need to brow beat him...unless a special circumstance and prompting by the Spirit call for it. But my suggestion is that if you "feel God" is telling you to go around correcting people constantly, you are mistaken. Perhaps you think too highly of yourself. Wait to be asked. Wait to be drawn into their circle of trust. Wait until you are a friend. Wait until you actually love them.

Then open your mouth and speak wisdom with grace. Then you won't be deceiving yourself into thinking you are a special messenger. Then your words will not fall on deaf ears.

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