Sunday, September 28, 2014

THINGS THAT MY MOM SAID #5

THE WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH QUIETER PLACE, if it followed the directive of my mom, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”  My mom was on to something there, in fact it’s one of the reasons I don’t like religion and politics and Monday morning sports reviewers, it’s always harsh words. It is very true that here in the good old USA we have lost the ability to speak with wisdom, tact, and at least a bit of tolerant compassion.

I am not advocating that we should sit back and let anyone say whatever they desire and just take it, rather I am offering that we return to the admonition of Scripture, of “Instead, speaking the truth in love,” which the Apostle Paul tells us one of the ways we “will in all things grow up into Him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15) Consider the wisdom of Solomon as recorded in Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Maybe a quiet country would be a better country. Maybe a quiet church would be a better church. Maybe the monastics had a better idea in their vows of silence, knowing the destructive fire an uncontrolled tongue could produce. (James 3:5-6)

Yes, I know some of you are saying, but if we don’t speak how will the truth be heard? I am not advocating not speaking the truth, it’s just the manner in which we speak it and to remember even our Lord said we are to let our “light shine before others that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

How therefore should we “speak?’ “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.(Colossians 3:15-17)

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