This week Pastor Jonnie spoke to us about the need speak words of life to those around us, and how God doesn’t want us to be critical of one another.
1 Timothy 4:12 shows us the need to be an example even in our conversation.
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Here’s how it reads in the Message bible.
“And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.”
Conversation = the way you live
Your Language is tied to your actions!
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
“Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
In 2 Samuel 6, we saw how Michal, David’s wife, was critical of her husband’s worship & became barren (not able to have children) the rest of her life!
If we want to have a fruitful life – we will sow words of life with our tongue!