DayBreaks for 11/20/13 – Words of Peace
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) 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.
Colossians 4:6 (NIV) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
I’ve got to tell you that I find the use of words in America today far beyond rude and offensive. I am old enough that I can recall a time when men had the common decency to not swear or use bad language in the presence of women and children. I don’t know where all those men have gone to, but they’re not around any longer!
Mark Trotter wrote: “Claude Brown, who wrote Manchild in the Promised Land, in an article, said that people under forty in our society have never lived in America where movie language was not liberally laced with obscenities. He said that profanity is rapidly replacing English as the language of the American people. Then he added this. He said, “Most people don’t know it, but profanity is the language of violence.”
“People say, words can’t hurt you. They can hurt you. Words can dehumanize. That’s why in war the enemy is always described in language that is dehumanizing. You will never hear the military referring to the enemy as “brothers and sisters,” or as “children of God.” They couldn’t kill them if they referred to them that way. You use language that describes the enemy as less than human.
“That is precisely the language that is being used in our cities today. The language that is used in our society today is the language that has been coined in warfare. There are words that dehumanize. There are words that make life cheap and ugly. There are words that hurt people. There are words that profane what is sacred and holy about human life. You use them and they will affect your life, and the life of those around you.
“But there are words that heal. There are words that build. There are words that create. There are words that unite. There are words that can redeem. There are words that can reconcile you to someone from whom you are estranged. There are words that lead to peace. Who will be the people in this society who speak the words of peace? “This day you will be with me in paradise.”
Will you be one who speaks words of peace for Jesus?
PRAYER: Loving Father, teach our tongues to speak words of grace and healing that peace can live in our land!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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