Words have the power to break people down; and, words have the power the power to build people up.
More importantly, words have the ability to convey the grace of God! Our words can bear witness to the love of God that has been poured into our hearts!
For this reason, Paul declares, “Let not evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.” -Ephesians 4:29
We have worked from the vantage point of this verse over the last six weeks to consider the powerful influence of our words in the Words of Grace series. Our consideration has brought us to a deeper understanding and appreciation for the potential of our words to convey the grace of God. And, how these words of grace are an expression of the love God has poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rm 5:5).
Our series concludes with one final observation…a most difficult observation. Jesus calls for his followers to love their enemy and to pray for their persecutors (Mt. 5:44). In light of recent events in our country and our world, this teaching forces us to prayerfully consider the words we speak. In this week’s message, we consider the “love” Jesus calls his followers to posses for their enemy. He has not instructed them to experience a feeling; rather, he calls his followers to maintain an attitude! The follower of Jesus does not call for the eradication of her enemy…she speaks words of grace that encourages their edification.
What is the overall effect?
Speaking words of grace that encourage the edification of one’s enemy rather than their eradication…will truly have us questioning the great complexity of speaking words of grace to anyone – to our self, to our significant, to our dependents, and to our neighbors!
So, just how easy is it to speak words of grace? And, what do your words say about you?
Take a moment and listen to our concluding message, Words of Grace, Part Six – Grace for our Enemy.
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