Each day I would be in 5 to 10 different homes. I looked for opportunities to share something about our wonderful Lord Jesus. Prayerfully we observe the surroundings and look for a “springboard” that will allow us to step through an open door.
One day, as I entered the home of this 90-year-old lady, I noticed that she had a Living Bible and a devotional book sitting on her kitchen table. She was deaf and so that lessened the possibility of my communication. Nevertheless I kept a conversation going with her daughter and kept hoping that the daughter would share some of my thoughts.
I was taken back when the elderly lady began to explain to me that her stove was having problems. The problems were such that they elicited some picturesque speech, ingrained with language unbecoming a lady or a Christian. I gently put my finger to her lips and said simply: “A lady of your caliber does not need to use such language. It is unbecoming of you.” Though deaf, she knew exactly what I was saying and refrained from further vulgarity.
My heart becomes quite heavy when I hear believers using words that are out of character for a follower of Jesus Christ. As I struggled momentarily to understand what was taking place, it dawned on me that she had a Living Bible, but the Word of God was not alive in her heart. She had somehow been able to read the Book each day without applying a major, a very clearly defined truth, to her heart.
James in his Epistle tackles this subject and shares how the tongue needs to be bridled. “Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” (Read James 5) Then there is the warning in Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.” (Colossians 4:6 NASB)
Obviously we need to learn to apply the truth of Scripture to the practical aspects of daily living. The Living Christ needs to be allowed to live in our heart. Jesus dealt with the Pharisees who had a similar problem.
God, tenderize my spirit to be receptive to Your Spirit. Convict me and enable me to speak with words that are filled with the reality of the Living Word, alive in me.