Whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; Psalm 15:3
All comedy movies usually have one thing in common, though not always, but that is they focus on cutting other people down. People think it is funny to slam another person or make that person look bad.
This also occurs in the public realm of politics. When a person is running for a position, it appears that all most can talk about is how bad the other candidate is. People love to find fault in others or make a false statement about the person to cut him down. It helps them feel better about themselves.
Slandering people is something that occurs in every area of life, school, workplace, homes, and neighborhoods. It can be seen everywhere.
David asked the question of who can live on God’s holy mountain and then proceeds to answer it in this psalm. One of the things a person must not do is slander or cast slurs onto someone else.
Every believer is to love every one and build every one up. They are never to cut someone down. Slander cuts and kills people. It destroys people and their lives, whether true or false. Usually slander is not true.
Sadly this type of action can be seen inside the church. People slam other believers, condemning them quickly and talking bad about them, rather than encouraging them and building them up.
Many believers are quick to point out sins in others, and overlook what they are doing right. Churches have split over slander. Ministers have been removed over false slander and slurs being cast, and most of this by people in the church.
One can expect the world to slander others, they don’t know God. But those in the church are to love and build up because they know God.
Your words do matter. They have an effect upon the lives of other people, to bring life or death, to build up or tear down.
Think about the words God has given you. They work at building you up, not tearing you down. Just as God speaks words of love and life towards you, you must also speak words of love and life towards others.
Think about the words you will speak before you say them. Will they build up or tear down? Show love or hate? Your words do matter.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that your words spoken will be words God would say; that you will build people up in Jesus; and that you will always speak the truth of God in love to all people.
The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2
All around the world people are talking and people are listening. Words are constantly being used to say something. Trillions of things are being said every day by people all over the world.
As these things are being said, some of them have little to no value and some should not even be said at all. Words of cursing, destruction, cutting down, rudeness, anger, hatred and more should never be said. Some of these words are said on accident, while the majority are said from the heart of the person.
Other words that people speak can have some value and wisdom in it. However, with the value and wisdom of this world, these words are only of temporary value, nothing of eternal value.
David talks about how God’s Spirit spoke through him. God had given him words to speak. These words have eternal value. All throughout parts of the book of Psalms are many verses that David had written under the inspiration of God’s Spirit. He was able to guide and lead the people correctly because of the words God had given him.
God still speaks through believers today. He will give them the words to say, words that build up believers, tear down walls and break bondages in the lives of people. His words are alive and true. There is no falsehood in His words and these words have eternal value. They are as good today as His written word is and was two thousand years ago.
As God pours out His Holy Spirit upon a person and gives him words to say, these words will always line up with His written word, the Bible. God will not and cannot contradict His word. He does not want His follower to contradict it either.
Open yourself up to God and allow Him to give you the words to speak. This can be in any situation, not just with directly witnessing to a another person. God can give you His words of wisdom to work out a situation at home, work, or any other place.
The words that God can and will give to you by His Holy Spirit will always have eternal value woven into them. They will be words of truth filled with love.
Are you allowing God to speak to the world through you?
Or are you using only your own words?
I pray today that you will allow God’s Spirit to give you what to say; that your words spoken will be the words of God; that God will change lives through the words He gives you; and that your words have eternal truth and value in them.
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 1 Corinthians 14:26
Jesus came to build His church. It was to be built with people who would follow Him and believe in Him and glorify God. He was looking at the church as a whole, not the individual churches that are seen today.
Each individual, physical church today has a part in building up God’s church. And inside each individual church, every person has a part in building up God’s church. Working together, God’s church will be built up.
Over the years, the ways of building up His church has changed. It is common today to see some churches use many methods to build it up. Paul gave some guidelines in what is needed to build a church up. Hymns, instruction, revelation, tongues, and interpretation are all needed in the process.
While there are many churches that use these methods, there are also many that do not. Some churches do not really preach the word of God, but put on a good entertainment show for the people. Sinful practices are allowed openly in the leaders of the church, while claiming to believe in Jesus. There is no real word of instruction, but it is all about feeling good, not being holy.
Flashing lights, fast songs, and coffee may draw a lot of people to the physical church, but the question is are they being changed to be more like Jesus? Without the word of God being at the center of everything being done, the church is not really being built up.
The things Paul listed are all focused on God and His Word, not on the physical things of this world.
As a believer in Christ, when you go to church, you must focus on building His church up. How are you leading others to walk closer to God? What words can you speak that will point people to God, rather than to this world?
Allow yourself to be led by His Holy Spirit to know the word to speak and the revelation to give someone else. Everything you do in the church is to worship God and build others up, whether you are the pastor or a member.
I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do in the church service; that God will reveal to you how to build His church; that God and His word will be the focus of every physical church; and that His church will be built up.