Watching Our Confession
By Rusty Wilson
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
As Christians we need to make sure that our confession is in line with the Word of God. Our confession should be the same outside the church building as it is inside the church. Matthew 7:20 says, Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not only will we know others by their fruit, others will know us by our fruit. By what we speak others will be blessed or they will be cautioned and turned away. We have to make sure what is in our heart is lining up with God’s Word.
Luke 6:45 tells us, A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. When we read and study the Word of God, we sow the Word into our heart, making it a good treasure in our heart, in return as we speak, we sow the Word that is in the treasure of our heart causing it to go forth and that it may minister grace (The Amplified version says: that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.)
Our words are spirit, we don’t see our words, but we see the effects of our words. When we say we are Christians, are we speaking as a Christian is supposed to speak or like the world speaks with obscene (dirty) or foul language? If a person uses foul language at or around others, that will cause the person hearing the foul language to question the person and their faith and cause them to doubt them to be the Christian they claim to be. There are those that call themselves Christians that when they get around worldly people they talk and act like them.
Let us make sure that we guard our heart and the Word that is sown in us and speak words of faith that way we know that we aren’t seen as part of the crowd, but allow the Light from the Word (Jesus: John1:1, 4-5) to shine forth and show that we are different and cause them to be drawn to the Light so we can minister to them.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:34; John 1:4-5