We need to truly understand that we need to have wholesome conversation.
We need to be the type of Christians, that as we go forth presenting our message we do so with love, and a desire to help them. And, when they hear from the scriptures that they need to make a change, they’ll know it’s from a place of love that we teach them.
Speech Must Be Controlled
- Matthew 26:73
Peter is found in the courtyard and confronted as one who is a follower of Jesus. Peter, very recently defended Jesus in the garden with a sword.
- Mark 14:70, Peter began to curse and swear. His speech is betraying him.
They know he was one who was following him because his speech was giving him away as a Galilean. The heart of Peter was so tender, in the way that he was bold in his life, but when he needed to make the change, he broke, and changed.
- Luke 22:61
Peter remembers what the Lord told him. Verse 22, he went and wept bitterly. He saw that he needed to make a change in his life. We need to learn from Peter. If we need to make a change, we need to be willing to change.
Speech gives us away because of our dialect.
But, it’s about the words we use and how we use the words.
How Well do you Control Your Speech?
6 Points from the Book of James
- James 3:1
Be careful in what you talk about.
- Matthew 7:21, 22
We need to be Bible people. We need to know the word and stay in the word when we teach others.
Watch What You Say
- James 3:2
- 1 John 1:8
Be Careful Not to Be a Bragger
- James 3:3-5
- Galatians 6:3-4
The Tongue Can Cause Damage
- James 3:6
- Jude 1:10
Can the Tongue be Tamed?
- James 3:8-12
- 1 John 4:20
- Revelation 21:8
Our Speech is to be as God Demands
- James 3:13
- Acts 7, Stephen stood for truth.
- Revelation 2:10, be faithful unto death.
Contrast between Good and Evil
- James 3:14-18
- 2 Timothy 2:16
- Ephesians 5:4
- Galatians 6:6-7
Using of Curse Words is Wrong
Our society has grown very far away from understanding that there is a proper use of the English language and an improper name to use it.
Using God’s name in vain, is wrong, using Christ's name in vain is wrong, using the name of the Holy Spirit in vain is wrong.
We need to be wholesome in our language.
- Exodus 20:7
- Ephesians 5:4
Is the use of the terms, “gosh, or golly”wrong?
- gosh, 1752, euphemism for God
- golly, 1757, euphemism for God
- gad, 1608, euphemisf mor God
- gad zooks, 1694, euphemism for God’s hooks, swearig by the crucifixion of nails.
- gee, 1895, euphemism for Jesus
- gee whiz, 1934, euphpemism for Jeuss
- darn, 1781, euphemism for damn
- dash, euphemism for damn
- drat, 1851, euphemism for damn,
- egad, 1673, euphemism for God
We need to understand that these words do not need to be in our language. There are a lot of ways to express ourselves without using these words. We need to know that God, the Father, Son, and Spirit, hold a special place in our lives, and God’s name is to be honored.
Sin is sin, and must be repented of.
- Ephesians 5:4
He gave us the perfect plan, that if we follow it, we can have forgiveness of sin. That is, to repent of our sin, confess his name, be buried in baptism for the forgiveness of sin, to walk in a new life, and live as a child of God.
Gospel Meeting, Current Issues Kevin Smith, Guest Speaker, Evangelist