"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called ye out of darkness, into His marvelous light."I Peter 2:9

ISSUE  FIFTEEN

Put Off Filthy Communication

"But now ye also put off filthy communication out of your mouth. . ." Colossians 3:8

The word filthy means "foul speaking, low and obscene speech." Paul says we need to put off foul speaking and obscene speech. We live in a time when foul speaking is an acceptable way to speak. Men, women, and children are speaking the foul language. It's on the radio and television. It's written on posters, tee shirts, sweat shirts, and in magazines. It wasn't that long ago, when someone said something foul, you would look down on that person. Now we call those who speak clean language as being from the old generation. There was a time when you were in public, you watched what you spoke. There was a respect for others.

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29

What is proceeding out of your mouth? Are you tearing down or building up? What are those around you hearing?

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

Whatever we put in our heart (good or evil) will come out of our mouth.

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37

We all must give an account of our speech in the day of judgment. God hears every word we speak. By our words we will be justified or condemned. We may not record what we speak, but God records every word. If you have been speaking filthy communication, ask God to forgive you, and wipe your slate clean. Quit speaking foul words and words that tear down others. Begin to speak with a new tongue, words that edify and bring grace to those that hear.

What Is Grace?

We should all learn what grace is or what it means. From the American Dictionary of the English Language we find that grace means, "to adorn, decorate, embelish and dignify; to dignify or raise by an act of favor, to honor; to supply with heavenly grace." In most of these definitions, we see the words dignfy and honor.

The word dignity means "to invest with honor, to exalt in rank, to promote, to elevate to a high office, to make illustrious, to distinguish by some excellence or that which gives celebrity.

The word honor means "the esteem due or paid, to be worthy of high estimation, a testimony of esteem, any expression of respoect, high estimation by words and actions.

Now that you know a little more about grace, maybe it will help you to understand grace a little more.

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." Genesis 6:8

If we change grace and put its meaning there, it says Noah found honor and dignity in God's eyes.

"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:14

Again, if we change grace, and insert its meaning, it says we are bound by honor and dignity to keep our word and let no sin come into our life.  I read this with the understanding that God will give honor and dignity to those who chose to be with Him in His church. In God we find grace, honor, and dignity. We should desire that others find grace in us through Christ. by Lydia Spearman


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