Today I want to show you another element in our reaching the world for Christ that is indispensible. It is found in Ephesians 4:29 where we read…
Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Did you get that last part? The part about our words giving grace to those who listen to them. Let me pose a question. What is grace? Can you see how this verse fits perfectly in the conversation we’ve been having about loving those around us and working side by side with God? How can people know that God loves them if we don’t? And how can they know that we love them if our words are constantly communicating something different?
Can you imagine what it would have been like to spend time with Jesus? Personally, I believe that his words, even in a rebuke, were filled with life! He breathed out the Love of God to everyone he came into contact with. While he went places and did things that let people know they had a false understanding of who the Father was, it was His words that drew the multitudes. In many places in the scriptures we see that people were amazed at Jesus’ words. In His words people found GRACE.
That’s what Ephesians 4:29 says we should be doing. It’s easy being right all the time. It’s easy to win an argument. It’s easy to point out other people’s mistakes and flaws. But none of these things brings life. It’s when our words give grace that people are drawn to us and to Jesus.
So what’s our challenge?
First, let God’s love flow into us from the Holy Spirit. Then realize that we are working side by side with God. Then we should open our mouths and let God’s grace come out of us to all those who hear!