Delivering His Message
We know. Words are so important.
Proverbs 18:21 instructs that the power of life and death are in the tongue. Romans 10:17 states that faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. And Romans 10:14 emphasizes that we will be used to help deliver that message. Much is at stake in our choice of words.
While we don't have ability to alter the soil, (or produce the growth), we are to continuously plant good seeds.
God's Word tells us how to do that with our words:
We are to speak what is wholesome and fitting for the occasion (Eph 4:29); truthful in love (Eph 4:15 & 25, Zec 8:16). We are not to tamper (2 Cor 4:2), twist (2 Peter 3:16), add or take away (Prov 30:6, Deut 4:2, 12:32, Rev 22: 18-19) from God's Word. While God's Word is alive and sharper than a two-edged sword (Heb 4:12), it is not changing (Heb 13:8, Isa 40:8) and we are not to come up with some new interpretation (2 Peter 1:20) to deliver. Our message is never backed by His. His message should always be prominent in the small of our voice.
However, the familiar Scripture of Prov 27:17 reminds us that iron sharpens iron and we are expected to use our gifts for each other in just that way; to strengthen the whole church (1 Cor 14:12). Learn how we can help.