Key Verse: Verse 6 – “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Key Words: Let your speech be always… seasoned with salt
Do you use profanity? Must you resort to slang words to impress others? Are you guilty of using those little semi-curses commonly heard today – words like “darn,” “golly,” “gee,” “heck,” which are actually disguised forms of something much worse? Their use shows a lack of refinement and reveals a quality that is unbecoming to a Christian. The language of a spirit-filled believer should always be “with grace.”
Many people also engage in the irreverent use of the names of Bible characters and spiritual terms. This denotes a disrespect for God’s Word. How disgusting to listen to people punctuate their conversations with minced oaths! In their attempt to appear refined, they use expressions like “Good Heavens,” “Good Lord,” and other thoughtless phrases. But what about the worst offense of all – taking the Lord’s name in vain? Whenever we hear that, we must not remain silent!
A Godly farmer was attending a meeting of an agricultural society. Some of the men were freely using the words, “devil,” and “hell.” He felt uneasy but said nothing. Then someone said, “Jesus Christ!” Immediately the farmer spoke up, “Sir, you may speak lightly of YOUR master, but when you take MY Master’s name in vain, I object! Talk about your master, the devil, if you want to, but please leave my Lord out of it.”
The purpose of this devotion is not to condemn or ridicule, or even debate the use of certain words or phrases, but the purpose is to set us to think about making sure our words are all God-honoring words.
What to do:
✞ Remember, to remain silent when someone uses God’s name in vain is sin (Leviticus 5:1).
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