Last weekend, a member of our church approached me and said, “Pastor, I appreciate so much the last sermon you preached. It helped broaden my understanding of how God wants me to care for missionaries and to be involved in his mission. Thank you very much. I am saying this to encourage you.”
For sure, I was greatly encouraged! The Bible says,
A man has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is! (Proverbs 15:23 AMP)
It’s exasperating to read or listen to our local news these days. Hurling invective pronouncements laced with profanities has become commonplace. Abrasive language is becoming the rule rather than the exception. We are turning into a nation of hot-heads, and we don’t seem to care.
I know that not all conversations could be pleasant. Tough words are sometimes necessary. However, can we please do our best to give appropriate answers calmly, even to our most bitter critics? Can we please speak words at the right moment without being nasty and quarrelsome? When you’re irked by all the inefficiency and corruption around us, can you please address these without being obnoxious?
This contentious exchange of words is getting old. I hope you’re getting tired of it, too. More importantly, it shows the condition of our hearts as a people, and it’s not good.
The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. (Proverbs 15:28 NLT)
From which heart do you want to speak–godly or wicked?