Pastor Joe Miller IV
Growing up, we lived on a back road and didn’t have many neighbors. The ones we had were older so there were not many kids my age to play any sports with, so I spent a lot of my time in the woods. I started hunting with a slingshot, then moved up to a BB gun. Even though I had a little bit of success, I was never much of a threat; until I turned 12 and was allowed to carry a real gun. To this day, 45 years later, there are not a lot of things I enjoy more than spending time in the woods and doing what comes naturally, you might even say obeying God’s Word (Acts 11:7).
Like many activities with high levels of excitement comes an element of danger, and it is no different with hunting. In fact, getting hit with a baseball was nothing like getting hit with a 12 gauge. Trust me, I have been hit by both. So when you participate in any activity where you potentially could lose your life, you prioritize safety. In the hunting world, because there are no animals or birds that are bright orange, it is a universal law that in most instances in hunting, the hunters wear some form of bright orange to communicate “don’t shoot this way!” Communicating with other hunters is a top priority in having a fun, profitable day. The Bible shows us the heightened importance and necessity that the role of ‘profitable communication’ plays in relationships, family, church, etc.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Corrupt vs. edifying. The strength of relationships hinges upon the exchange of thoughts, ideas, and feelings. The Bible warns us of two different kinds of communication: corrupt words vs. edifying words, or the building up of others through the words you say to them. We are living in a time where communication occurs more through texting, emails, and Facebook - resulting in a lack of face to face, verbal communication, and little accountability. Opinions, by definition, are views and judgments formed about something, not necessarily based upon facts, knowledge, or truth. Everywhere we look, most people are standing, walking, or driving with phones in their hands communicating with someone. Unfortunately, opinions are rampant, and truth is in short supply. I understand this taking place in the world, but this should not be the case with God's children.
When Christians communicate, we should be ministering grace to the hearers. Here are a few more verses to help us be better ambassadors for Christ and communicate the love and grace of God to others. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, comes to a conclusion after a long life. The words of a wise man versus the words of a foolish man and what these words produce.