Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 28th, 2016
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Many people use the acronym THINK to describe how they should speak: are my words Thoughtful, Helpful, Inspiring, Nice, and Kind? When I speak to someone, am I talking in a way that benefits the individual as they listen?
Canadian gardeners are concerned about the severe decline in the honeybee population across the country. Mark Cullen, Canada’s Gardening Guru, has traveled across Canada and he says it tops his list of topics Canadian gardeners are talking about these days. In fact, the decline of the honey bee population has propagated so much discussion about pollinators and related topics that the ad campaign for Honey Nut Cheerios blew everyone out of the water. Cheerios launched the campaign at Canada Blooms this past March, expecting to give away about 35 million wildflower seeds across the country. The company ended up giving away more than 100 million seeds because demand was so great. While we are sensitive to the general decline of bees, it is important to note we have more than 700 native bee species in Canada.
We live in a day of talk. There are 24 hour news channels and talk radio and sports channels with around the clock coverage of every sport available, as well as hundreds of TV stations, and an infinite number of websites. Much of what is broadcast, however, is at best useless and at worst vulgar. How does a follower of Christ respond to all of this? Ephesians 4:29 tells us: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Unwholesome talk is nothing new. What is inside the heart of a person will come out verbally, and those who don’t know Christ will express what is in their heart. It will sometimes be unwholesome, and with foul language. As someone wisely said about the entertainment industry, it only took a generation or two for movies to go from silent to unspeakable. But God’s people are called to something altogether different. The words that come from our mouths must be beneficial to others. We are called to lift others up by our words and focus on meeting their needs. The words that Jesus spoke did this continually. He met people with great need and humble hearts and spoke into their situation words of comfort, healing and forgiveness. God is going to bring people just like that into your life today. What helpful words can you speak into their lives?
These have been words from the heart.