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Don’t Offend In Words

Don’t Offend In Words

 

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body

(James 3:2).

 

   One of the many things the Holy Spirit helps you do is to make your communication gracious. The Christian whose communication isn’t tamed, who offends in words is a spiritual babe. It doesn’t matter for how long you may have been talking in tongues, or the position you occupy in church, if your tongue hasn’t been tamed, your fellowship with the Holy Spirit is still at a childhood stage.

 

       Some Christians often wonder why they’re not effective in their spiritual life. Often it’s because of the character of their words. They speak idle, inoperative words; their tongues haven’t been yielded to the Holy Spirit. Your spiritual maturity as a Christian is measured by the character of your words. This is one reason you must tame your tongue. The Word of God enjoins us to watch our words and exercise control over our tongue. It’s your responsibility. It’s not enough to just say, “O, God, please tame my tongue.” No, you’re to yield your tongue to Him by following His instruction on the use of words.

 

         James 3:11 says, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” You can’t use your tongue for blessing and use the same tongue to curse. Refuse to engage in unwholesome or unedifying communication. Never speak words that defame or revile another brother or sister. One of the proofs that you have the Holy Spirit and that His character is expressed through you is edifying communication.

 

         There’s a lifting nature of Christ in you, and it’s expressed in your speech. Therefore, choose your words. Choose words that lift and bless: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).

 

Prayer

 

Dear Father,

I thank you for filling my heart with your love, kindness and compassion. I refuse to allow malice and bitterness any place in me. I choose to speak words of love, compassion and kindness to bless and uplift all I come in contact with today,

in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

Proverbs 18:21

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

1 Year Bible reading plan: 1John 2:15-3:1-10; Ezekiel 13-15
2 Year Bible reading plan: Revelation 5:1-14; Joel 2

Aisha Ahmad

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