We live in a contentious world, often forgetting that the words we speak can pierce the soul, when God desires that our words encourage the hearer. But it’s not just the words we speak that matter, it is how we handle God’s Word.
As believers in Jesus, we are ambassadors for Him. Our words matter – just as His Word matters.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:14-21
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Have you ever been caught up in a quarrel over words? Did that quarrel bring you into a better relationship with God/others? And are you a worker for God who “correctly handles the word of truth?” Pray for God’s guidance as you speak, and as you represent His Words in the world.
Do you find yourself drawn into gossip, inane discussions, and “godless chatter?” Does any good come from that? And do you have a friend who loves to argue/debate with you? Faithfully present the Word of God to that person, not allowing yourself to be drawn into a quarrel.
Sometimes it’s easy to be caught up in rumors and speculation. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul exhorts us to “encourage one another and build each other up.” Don’t speak words that are hurtful to the body of Christ. Encourage others in their walk of faith.
We at Nigeria News encourage you to do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.