This Week At GracePoint Words Matter

As you are going …Words Matter

Hi GracePoint Family,

When I served in Tulsa, OK as a worship pastor, we had a great custodian named Brian. He had grown up in the church but had struggled with substance abuse, spent a period of time in jail, and had a child at a young age. The church became a safe place for him to wrestle with life and faith and be around positive influences. Brian would occasionally help me with projects and I had sent him a text about one of them. In his reply, the curse of auto-correct took hold and one of his words sent to me – well, let’s just say was highly inappropriate. He was mortified and very embarrassed by the gaff but it wasn’t really his fault and we laughed a lot about it. Fortunately, there wasn’t any harm done by his mistaken word because his text was to me and not someone else. It turned into a joke between us.

But I felt bad for Brian because I have fallen victim to the curse of auto-correct as well. I also empathized for him because I have said things that I realized later I should not have spoken or spoken differently. Words can bring life or they can bring death. Words matter. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

As we learned last week about the Great Commission, the word “go” is not a command to go somewhere per se but it is translated “as you are going.” As we live a life as a disciple of Christ, we are called to make disciples – call others to the saving grace we are experiencing. A large part of “as we are going” involves words. We speak a large portion of our life and the words we use matter. James offers advice to believers; “If anyone thinks he or she is religious and does not bridle his or her tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26). Paul exhorts us in Ephesians to “…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.” (Ephesians 4:29)

“As we are going” our words matter. What words are you using? Are they full of truth and edifying to Christ and to His Church? What do people think about your Jesus and GracePoint by the way you talk with others? We need to “Let your (our) conversation be always full of grace…” (Colossians 4:6a) because people are always watching and listening. Those around us will learn more about Christ and GracePoint by what they hear (or overhear) in our conversations than perhaps anything else.

This week, as you are going, remember that “those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” (Proverbs 21:23). Be the light that shines the love and grace of God in thought, word, and deed.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Phil