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Speak Life

Yesterday, I delivered part 2 of the Hero series at Highpoint Church. This series is directed toward men to “answer the call of Biblical manhood.” The title of the message was “Speak Life” which is the first of five character traits men should address to become the heroes God desires. The primary text we looked at was Ephesians 4:29, which says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Every man struggles with his speech. That being said, we need to go back to God’s plan and accept His standard. Frankly, there are some things we don’t need to say. This passage of scripture makes God’s standard for our speech abundantly clear, “do not let ANY unwholesome talk come out of our mouths…” I know this is an intimidating standard but one we must accept if we are to take on Biblical manhood. There are three kinds of “unwholesome talk” we need to put a stop to in our lives.

First is malicious speech. This is communicating with the intent to harm another directly or indirectly. This is everything from downright meanness to gossip. No matter how hard we try to stop it we can easily slip into malicious speech. I hear Christians speak maliciously all the time, especially when it involves someone that seems to deserve it, from a co-worker to a political figure. We must stop the malicious speech.

Second is crude speech. This is communication that is intentionally offensive, profane or morally devoid. Men, we are all guilty here! Crude speech is unfitting for a godly man. A man told me once that he felt using profanity gave him more authority. The reality is true authority does not require profanity or crudity. Your authority is always based on your character. Profanity is a cheap and flimsy prop for a weak and wanting character. Men, make the decision to avoid profane words and crude jokes. Remember, your words will become the vocabulary of your children.  

The final type of “unwholesome talk” we need to stop is arrogant speech. This is communication that promotes self-interest by pride or by pity. We men often turn to prideful speech. We show our pride in everything from bragging about our bench press max to our income level. We love to promote how good we are! Remember, whenever we turn to prideful speech you are beginning to take credit for something good that God has done. Pride is often a failure to recognize God’s work. On the flip side, we can slip into pity by whining or complaining just as easily. Men, when we whine and complain, especially around our wives and children, we give them a reason to distrust us as the leaders in our homes.  

Men, I hope this will challenge you to consider the power of your words. Your speech will create a lasting impression on the people closest to you. Be diligent to accept God’s standard and be a Hero in your speech!

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Posted by Andy Savage at 2:39 PM
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