Our words carry so much meaning – sometimes even meaning what we don’t fully understand, maybe haven’t given much thought behind them or even cliches. At times do we say things or use phrases that we’ve heard others use before, or do we even understand the theory of what we are expressing, but we don’t participate in its demonstration or outworking. If we are listening to the Holy Spirit He will pull us up when we persistently exaggerate, make false statement, glib words, or quote theory in our words but in reality there is no outworking of them. Let me elaborate on my opening statements not as a criticism but I trust as an aid to help us to be aware:-
Things we say and do
- I love you – Do you really demonstrate genuine love, or is it just a nice expression. Are you missing or ignoring ways of displaying this.
- I will pray for you – Do you?
- Exaggerate – Intentional exaggeration of a known fact is a lie.
- I care – Do your actions display this statement. If it is the truth does it have implications for you and are you addressing it?
- Inquire – Is it out of a sense of duty with no empathy, understanding or effort to appreciate the sittuation?
- Are we people of our word – Link to a blog
How are you using your words? Are you aware of what you say to others, or do words just fall out of our mouth without taking ownership of them? You may have heard the children’s chant, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? What you say can be said glibly but the hearer takes it as fact and maybe has an expectancy believing what you have said is truth, and maybe with an action.
Sadly often in the church today truth and theory is presented as fact being in operation. It is important that there is a need of taking stock and accepting it is work in progress and a need for effort, discipline, and teaching, which will result when it is appropriated in us functioning how He wants us to be. To live in delusion doesn’t cause us to grow, neither does it take us to the place where He wants us to be and function.
Let us not play act, acting out a sense of duty saying what we believe is the right thing to say, but being genuine and honest in our life style. I believe that this will bring change in our own lives, and impact those around us to greater effect.
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Please accept this is not a rant, but my endeavoring to “speak the truth in love”