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 Issue #79 Tue, 11 Apr 2006

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PostSubject: Issue #79 Tue, 11 Apr 2006   March 11th 2007, 23:37

The Power of Speech (Part 1)

Dear Youth,

"The power of speech is a talent that should be diligently cultivated. Of all the gifts we have received from God, none is capable of being a greater blessing than this." (Christ's Object Lessons, p. 335) Today, I would like us to look into the power and the talent of speech.

Proverbs 18:21 says: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." (Matthew 12:37) Our words play an important part in deciding our destiny. Our words have the power to decide both death and life, not only for ourselves, but also for others. Our tongues are POWERFUL members!

This is a very sobering thought, to think to by one word we may forfeit the right to enter God's paradise. It's even more sobering to think, that just like a judge in a court scene, we may condemn another to eternal death by one word! On the other hand, our tongues may be the very means by which God uses us to bring another of His sheep into the fold.

We can see clearly how much power our tongues possess, and we also can see that our words play a vital part in the end-time investigative judgment. But, we need to bring this down in the practical aspect of daily living. How can we practically apply this principle of our words being a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death, to our own individual lives? Isn't this what's really important? You know, we can talk as much as we want, but until the gospel message has the power to CHANGE our lives, all the talking in the world is pointless. The real question is: "How can I apply this to my life, so that I can use the talent of speech for the good?"

We are told to DILIGENTLY cultivate this talent of speech? The first place to begin this cultivation is in the home. Most of our fiery trials come from within the home; it's usually the place where our Christianity is tested the most. We are told: "A Christian in the home is a Christian EVERYWHERE." (Manuscript 34, 1899)

Often within our families, we far too often say too much of what is on our minds in any particular circumstance. We may spend a whole day in the company of other friends, carefully choosing our words and tones of voice, but as soon as we get home, we seem to just let the guards down, so to speak. We don't seem to even make an EFFORT to control our voices, we just let our tongues run random, and say whatever we feel like, whenever we feel like it! Is this the way our lives should be run, young people? Are we supposed to let feeling, impulse, passion, and self rule our lives, or are we supposed to have control over THEM?

"We must subdue a hasty temper and control our words, and in this we shall gain GREAT victories. Unless we control our words and temper, we are slaves to Satan. We are in subjection to him. He leads us captive. All jangling and unpleasant, impatient, fretful words are an offering presented to his satanic majesty. And it is a costly offering, more costly than any sacrifice we can make for God; for it destroys the peace and happiness of whole families, destroys health, and is eventually the cause of forfeiting an eternal life of happiness." (The Adventist Home, p. 437)

The Bible admonishes us to "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." (James 1:19) If only we would learn to apply this simple Biblical principle, we would be so much happier! When we sit still and listen to whatever someone else has to say, instead of rushing into a list of sharp accusations, we would find our hasty tempters will cure themselves! By resting quietly when our will is crossed, we have time to hear the still, small voice of God.

Often we feel that it is our duty to correct another individual if they are saying something wrong or responding in an un-Christ-like manner. The only problem is, is that often our "correction" is really just an act of self-defense and often said in a hasty, thoughtless manner. We don't even have to say ANYTHING! We are told that "Often silence is the severest rebuke that could be given to the one who has sinned with his lips." (Sons & Daughters of God, p. 88 )

I believe that common, Christian courtesy should be practiced in the home. Just simply watching out for one another, and looking for opportunities to do simple, little kindnesses for each member of the family. This will draw the family unit together, bonded by tender cords of love and sympathy. If you see your brother's bed unmade, why don't you make it for him? If your mother needs a hand with the cooking, put your own list aside and help her. We can do this for our friends too. You may offer a drink of water to your friend when you go to get one yourself. These are just a few examples of some of the things we might be able to do, but there are MANY opportunities that arise during the intercourse of the day where we are able to do simple things for each other.

I'm sure you all know the feeling you have when others take a personal interest in your happenings, whoever that person may be. When someone does something thoughtful for you, you feel bonded to them in a special way. In this way we may draw closer together as families and friends.

By taking a personal interest in the affairs and burdens of our family members, we are bonded closer to them. But the more we neglect the little opportunities to do things for our family, we are pushed further and further apart. We become indifferent to each other's needs and begin to treat each other harshly and roughly. The more we say unkind, thoughtless things to those in our families, the easier it becomes to continue the pattern of harshness and indifference.

We can also be courteous in the way we speak and what we say to one another. Another way to display a courteous manner in the home is by speaking in a soft, slow, and clear manner. Unnecessary noise in the home can create unnecessary tension and stress. If we speak clear enough, we will find that we don't have to shout or speak loudly for others to hear or understand us. Our homes should always be a haven of happiness, peace, and rest. There is no need for loudness and boisterousness in the home.

We are told: "We are placed in this world to be children of God and to prepare for the future immortal life. Speak no unkind, thoughtless words. As you associate in the family relationship, be careful to speak kind, tender words which will comfort and encourage." (Manuscript Releases 21, p. 135) "We should accustom ourselves to speak in pleasant tones, to use pure and correct language, and words that are kind and courteous." (Christ's Object Lessons, p. 336)

Since our tongues are such powerful members of the body, and since they play such a vital part in our future well-being, don't you think we need some help to guard them? David said: "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3) We need this same "watch" today.

Jesus is desperate for us to come unto Him and enter into the joy of His salvation. He doesn't want to see us lost eternally because of one, unguarded word that we let slip out. He will do everything in order to keep our conversation sanctified. All He needs is a willing heart who will surrender to Him. If we will make this one step, to unite our efforts with His power, He will do the rest! If you want your words to be a savor of life unto life, pray this prayer of David's in earnest, and from a heart consecrated to Him! And then act upon your request.

--Stephanie Fox

PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.

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