Following Jesus in the Real World: The power of words

"Following Jesus in the Real World: The power of words" Continued...

I want to thank my friend Jeff Woffard who has written an interesting and humorous article about this exposition at his blog. So Paul was not afraid to use bold language if necessary, but he more often called for us to speak with gentleness and in a way that would edify others:

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).

I think for Christians the principle comes down to living for Jesus in a way that is thoughtful of others. If you feel it is OK to use certain language, then that is between you and God. Why flaunt your freedom if others do not share it? The principle I use when it comes to the language I use in the workplace and in public comes from Paul's words to the Romans. This is a slightly modified version of the text:

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say,

"'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,

'every knee will bend to me,

and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'"

Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let's stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.

I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no word, in and of itself, is wrong to say. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you say, you are not acting in love if you say it. Don't let your cursing ruin someone for whom Christ died (Romans 14, NLT).

That is the bottom-line for me. As a co-worker my language is a matter of civility and manners. As a Christian it is a matter of honoring others and extending grace by not flaunting the freedom I may have in my walk with Christ.

Next week I hope to move on but I cannot promise. After all, skubala happens.


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