I considered giving you a list of five scriptures to get you through the week as the post for the week. And I still may do that in the near future, but when I got to thinking about some of my own favorite verses, I had to stop thinking about the list and just digest what 1 Corinthians 14:10 has to say.
If you know me, you’ll know that Spanish is my second language. Like most college students, I was required to take two courses of a language for my Environmental Studies program. Turns out, I’m pretty good a picking up languages. (Except French. Yeahhhhh, no can do. Why aren’t all the letters pronounced?? Someone please explain that to me.) So, Spanish quickly became my minor.
No idea why God gave me the skill of easily acquiring languages, but I have no doubt that it’s a skill I will be able to use for Him someday.
It’s no secret that language can sometimes be a barrier. Not knowing the language of a country or town you’re vacationing in can get you in a pickle pretty quickly if you’re asking for directions.
But that barrier is not the barrier I’m referring to today.
Are the words you are speaking to your neighbor hurtful? Are the words that slip out of your mouth around your family causing your family members to forgo the Gospel and search for the Truth in the wrong places? Are you building a barrier to the Cross by the words that you’re speaking to your friend?
Every person on this planet was given a voice and a language to use. Every person on this planet was also given ears (and eyes) to hear. The words that you speak matter. There will always be someone around listening to what you speak and how you speak it.
I’m reminded of Colossians 4:6, Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Graceful words. Words spoken out of kindness. Words dripping with love. Words covered with Truth. All these things have the power to soften a heart and build a road to lead someone to the Cross.
No matter what language you speak–English, Italian, Swahili, the African Clicking Language, Sign Language— speak love and truth.
Use your words to build someone up. Don’t tear them down.