Why Talk?

A short phrase in the Bible that is amazingly deep with meaning is the phrase, ”God said.” What was the reason for God speaking? There are many; He created something from nothing by speaking it into existence.

Psalms 33:6 By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.

The Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have always communicated with such truth, intimacy, and depth that they are like one in unity and essence.

God has often spoken to people. Exodus 33:11 ”Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses’ face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.”

Many people know John 3:16, ”God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” but many forget that Jesus spoke those words to a man named Nicodemus.

The Bible is called ”The Word of God” and is said to be ”living and active and sharp as a two-edged sword.”

We having been created in the image of God have great power in the words that we speak, and with that power comes the responsibility to control them.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

The words that I speak can create unity and oneness with other people and communicate love to them, or they can cause great division, strife, bitterness, and hate. With my words, I can solve problems or cause them. I have the responsibility with such power to exercise great self-control over what I choose to say.

James 3:8-12 The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.

Amid this growing anxiety, unrest, anger, and frustration, that is rising rapidly; I have strong opinions about what is right and what is wrong. As I read the news, Facebook, and listen to YouTube commentaries, I can feel myself getting caught up in the anger that is swirling around me like a great storm.

So what do I do, and what do I say? I know from reading and listening to others who have voiced opinions and concerns that it doesn’t matter what I would say. Some will take substantial issues with it. One of the biggest problems is that it is so easy for people to say things that aren’t true and to circulate things that aren’t true. An example is a post going around by Trey Gowdy which is fraudulent. It is easy to check those out to see if they are true or not. It seems safer to remain an autonomous observer and go fishing. But by virtue of my position as a Pastor, I am a leader, so I need to do that, but with wisdom and cautiousness.

The cool thing about writing is I can reread it several times, pray about it, set it aside for a day and read it again, and hopefully up the odds that something wise comes out of it. Many who write on social media don’t take those same precautions.

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