A CHALLENGE FOR 2014 AND BEYOND
“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.”
James 3:9-12 (NIV, 1984)
During the month of January, one of the areas of prayer focus in the ministry that I attend, Family of Faith Ministries International, is for us to be a people of praise and a part of that mandate is that we bless and not curse with our tongue.
This afternoon my reflections and prayer in this regard reminded me of a post that I wrote in December of 2010 called “We Need More PEPP Talk” and I felt prompted to re-blog a part of it.
May we all find these words a challenge to embrace in 2014 and beyond.
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, seek to memorize them, and as you do this, ask the Lord to use them to transform your speech into what He desires it to be.
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV, 1984)
“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.”
Psalms 34:1 (NIV, 1984)
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
Proverbs 11:12-13 (NIV, 1984)
“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.”
Proverbs 15:4 (NIV, 1984)
“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Proverbs 15:28 (NIV, 1984)
“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”
Proverbs 16:24 (NIV, 1984)
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Proverbs 18:20-21 (NIV, 1984)
“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.”
Ephesians 4:25 (NIV, 1984)
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
Colossians 4:6 (NIV, 1984)
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Colossians 3:8 (NIV, 1984)
“But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”
Colossians 3:16 (NIV, 1984)
“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 (NIV, 1984)
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Peter 3:9-11 (NIV, 1984)
“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.”
James 1:26 (NIV, 1984)
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”
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!!!
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