War of Words
“Getting to the Destination”
Some believers might cave in to Satan’s suggestion that someone or some group could never change but that would be contrary to Scripture that states God sanctifies his people and church. If the intransigent one is not a believer, truly he or she may get worse! It is always our duty to forgive those who repent, confess and apologise for an offense.
Allowing sinful anger or using demeaning words or names are two sins of the tongue we ought to regret.
The promises of God regarding sins of the tongue and our general need for encouragement are I John 1:9, James 5:16, James 1:5, Psalm 141:3, II Cor.12:9, Romans 6:14, 8:35 and Eph.3:20. He promises forgiveness, cleansing, victory, wisdom and guarding.
A key prayer would be asking for wisdom in words used in the home, in church and on internet.
Key portions of the chapter.
- The destination (of sanctified speech) is reachable. We ought to thank God for our conscience and feelings of guilt which he brings for different sins and at different times in our lives. (We may remain careless about a besetting sin for a long time!)
We are assured that we are more than conquerors not only in persecution and hardship but also over sin and death.
- The fruit of our lips is always worth consideration. It should be: encouraging, loving and wise. It may need to be exhortatory.
- It should never be bitter, unforgiving, foolish.
- Only God can reveal to us the heart sin that is the root of sinful words (Luke 6:45, I John 1:9).
- Confession to God and others (especially those offended) is necessary a.s.a.p. (Eph. 4:26,32).
- We ought to commit ourselves to not demean, call names and get angry sinfully.
- When opportunity arises where we would normally sin let us put the old man to death, avail ourselves of God’s grace (by prayer) and put on the new man!
- Think before you speak (Prov.15:28).
- Important tools against Satan intruding into relationships are: absolute honesty and a willingness to listen (approach-ability).
Next Study (DV) Saturday October 7th on chapter 9 entitled “Citizens in Need of Help.”