The Lips of the Wise
I Peter 3:10-12; Proverbs 10:19
Talk is cheap. How many times have you heard that in your life time? I cannot recall the number of times I’ve actually heard that statement, but talk is not cheap. Talk is a matter of life or death. The deception of the enemy is to make us unaware of the power of our words, his tactics are not new. All deception is rooted in fear and when people are fearful they say and do the wrong thing.
Today, I want to share briefly with you how important it is to maintain a positive confession of faith with corresponding action. Don’t just say one thing and do another, but say what you mean and mean what you say. The right thing said at the right time will uphold us in any situation and circumstance. Jesus said in
Matt 12:35-37 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." NIV
Commenting on the above scriptures, we can say they answer that cliché “talk is cheap.” I am convinced that if most Christians were knowledgeable of the damage caused by loose talking they would immediately began to train themselves in the word of God to think and talk like God. Peter said in
1 Peter 3:10 For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. NIV Therefore, we can say if our talking is right we can save ourselves a lot of trouble.
The writer of Proverbs says too much speaking can cause a person to sin. Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. KJV.
What causes a person to talk ceaselessly? Is it to gain attention, or impress the people they are talking too? That is called pride; most of the time they are not even sure if they are telling the truth and in some cases instead of repeating it correctly, they add to it to fill in what they call the dry spots. Friends, whatever we practice, we become proficient in it. Our lives are dependent on us following Jesus’ pattern. Jesus only spoke what He wanted to see happen. When we read the life and ministry of Jesus, we see Jesus speaking deliberately and precise. He never spoke to quickly, read the story of His response of the lady caught in adultery (John 8:3-11).
Looking specifically at His dynamic lesson on faith from Mark 11:22-23, And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. KJV
After Jesus cursed the fig tree, the disciples needed to understand we walk by faith and not by sight. They reacted to the results they now see, but Jesus was letting them know His words were filled with faith, they were creative. They were not empty words.
As we continue to grow in the Lord, I am confident He will help us to value our words to make a difference in our lives as well as our family and whoever we meet for whatever occasion or reason. Our living should not be haphazard, but live to please God and live on purpose to make an impact in the kingdom through positive speech filled with faith and corresponding action.
Elder Carolyn Prescod