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Can I get a witness?
3/17/2011

Can I get a witness?
The Witness of Our Words - or Lack Thereof

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

As our world changes so do the words used to express certain things considered to be vulgar and disrespectful. I didn't grow up in a home filled with cuss words, nor did I have to hear people speaking words of profanity, as it was something commonly heard on the playgrounds of school.  Later in life, after years of working on the construction work sites I could easily say I heard my fair share of dirty jokes and coarse and crude conversations, and unfortunately to some extent, there were years where I had become jaded to them.  In other words, it didn't even shock me when I would hear these things; it was as if it was common or to be expected.

Q:    How can we, as Christians, become jaded to things clearly not in God's will?

One reason stems from the fact our minds are constantly being bombarded with garbage on the radio stations and television.  As a result of this common stream of filthy language and sexual sound bites, we can begin to accept this type of behavior as normal. It is the enemy tempting us to be conformed to this way of living but we are clearly told not to be conformed to this world (Rom. 12:1-2). It isn't just profanity and sex either, it can be gossip or slander or just about anything unedifying.   It is really sad when you think about it, because it is just careless conversations - idle chat polluting and corrupting as it plants seeds soon sprouting and bringing forth its rotten fruit.


 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)

We need to be aware of this because those who may not know Jesus yet are watching our actions and how we live looking to see a difference in us.  God instructs us in His Word to guard our conduct and ourselves so those who look upon us cannot condemn us for improper actions.  And He even goes so far as to say if we do not partake in these kinds of conversations those opposing us will be ashamed because they haven't anything to say about us (Titus 2:8).

Another way the enemy can get destructive thoughts flying about is for us to simply sit in on improper conversations.   We may never actually be the ones speaking these things, but we are listening and even laughing at the coarse joking.  It can be painfully awkward to get up and walk out of the middle of a conversation with friends or business colleagues because of what is being spoken, but it may be necessary to avoid participation.  

And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man." Mark 7:20 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to continually examine the things being said in the conversations you are taking part in.  Seek the Lord's will to give you the words and ability to act in a way most honoring to Him - one testifying of His presence in your life. Remember, we do not have to be holier-than-thou in our attitude or defense of not wanting to be a part of these types of conversations - we just need to let people know we would rather not be a part of them.  Chances are it may even open up doors for them to ask why. It is a form of witnessing that speaks volumes when done in love and with a sense of humility.

STUDY QUESTION: What does Jesus say in Matthew 12:36 about careless words that are spoken?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Do you find yourself in awkward conversations and knowing you shouldn't be taking part in them?

APPLICATION:  Let God guide you through your loving response while being truthful to your beliefs and convictions.  It will be the start of something big.

Father, I just would like to praise You today for Your convictions and leading in this subject.  Thanks for changing my heart of apathy towards those conversations and people who partake in them.  Help me today to be the witness that You would want me to be.  Provide the words and love that are necessary to speak to those You have brought into my life.  In Jesus' name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 




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