War of Words

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

The rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. continues to escalate.  President Trump and defense secretary Jim Mattis each had stern words for Pyongyang, warning that any actions taken against Guam would result in “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”  Political analysts were not surprised by North Korea’s defiant response which said that those who issued these warnings lacked reason.  What will happen next in this war of words is any one’s guess.  Yet, one thing we can all agree on is that words are powerful./em>

The Bible has much to say about the words which come out of our mouth.  In Ephesians 4:29Paul admonishes believers 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 might benefit those who listen.”  The adjective unwholesome literally means decaying or rotten, which is the exact opposite of building up or benefiting others.  Why is it important that Christians not talk like the rest of the world?  For the simple reason that our nature has been changed by Christ and we have been given a new heart.  Therefore, our words must reflect that inward transformation./em>

Don’t get caught up in a war of words like everyone else in the world.  Instead, learn to speak the truth of God’s Word into every situation and relationship in your life.  When you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you, your words will build up and benefit all those who hear them!