WE NEED MORE PEPP TALK
We need more “PEPP” talk in the Body of Christ.
“PEPP” talk? Yes, “PEPP” talk.
Talk for the purpose of Praise, Edification, Problem Solving or Prayer.
As Kingdom Ambassadors, God is calling us to a higher place in regard to our speech
Too many times the speech of Believers is characterized by gossip, slander, talebearing, backbiting, cursing, lying, flattering, boasting, exaggeration, negativity, complaining, dirty jokes, and whatever else God considers evil speech.
We need more “PEPP” talk. We need more conversations filled with:-
P – praise – speaking well of God and of others.
E – edification – building up another, being an improving influence on another.
P – problem solving – working through details of a problem to reach a solution, seeking to resolve or diffuse a situation as opposed to complicating it or adding more fuel to the fire.
P – prayer – praying for and with others and about situations.
I challenge you to ask the Holy Spirit to swiftly convict you each time you start to say something that falls outside the parameters of “PEPP” talk or out of line with what the scriptures define as godly speech.
I challenge you to ask Him to make you extremely sensitive to His voice relative to the things that you say and the conversations that you get involved in and then obey Him when He speaks, even if He tells you to stop what you are saying or listening to mid-sentence.
I challenge you to remove yourself from or end any conversation that is not “PEPP” talk or that is out of line with what the scriptures define as godly speech.
Are you up to the challenge?
Do you need some incentive?
Well let the following scriptures about speech give you a jumpstart and incentive to go in the right direction.
Don’t just read them. Meditate on them, repeat them out loud, memorize them, and as you do this, ask the Lord to use them to transform your speech into what He desires it to be.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.”
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction
A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.
A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
He who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame.
From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.
He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.
Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[a]will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
1 Corinthians 2:13
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
2 Corinthians 8:7
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
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.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
1 Peter 3:9-11
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
Fellow Kingdom Ambassadors, we need more “PEPP” talk in the Body of Christ.
We need more conversation that is in line with what the scriptures define as godly speech.
Let’s take up the challenge. With hearts surrendered to the will of God, the help of the Holy Spirit, and determined persistence until breakthrough, we can do it!!!
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved