1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
29 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.
Refraining from unwholesome talk is something that I have struggled with my entire life and something that I still struggle with today. Whether it be cussing, or talking poorly about someone, making fun of someone, or taking part in some form of petty gossip. I believe this is something that many of us struggle with and something we all (myself included) need to get in check and in order. We all need to understand that our words matter, and that we need to choose them carefully. We need to all be aware and be conscious of what we allow to come out of our mouths, and to be sure that nothing we say is unwholesome. Unwholesome is defined as detrimental to physical, mental, or moral well-being; also said to be corrupt or unsound and offensive to the senses. So this means that unwholesome talk can be detrimental to a person physical and mental well-being. The Word tells us not only to avoid this type of speech, but to pretty much do the complete opposite and to only let words come out of our mouth that will build others up according to their needs. We are to build others up with our words, not tear them down or cause them any form of detriment, which is why we must choose our words carefully. This means cutting out the gossip at the water cooler. This means no more talking about people over the phone with your friends. And yes, this also means no bad mouthing people on social networks. Use your words to build people up according to their needs rather than tearing them down, so that the words you speak may benefit those who listen. Keep in mind the verse did not say to only speak words that are helpful and that build people up when you’re in a good mood, or when you’re at church… This verse applies to all age groups, all races, and in all situations and circumstances. It does not matter if everyone around you is taking part in some form of unwholesome talk, be a light and YOU be the one that speaks words of encouragement that benefit those who are listening. So I encourage you all today to think before you speak and to choose your words carefully. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and when you speak be sure that what you say is helpful for building others up according to their needs, and that it may benefit those who listen.
Let me Put some additional Word on it:
- James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
- Psalms 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
- James 3:9-11 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
- Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
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We are all called to do the work of the Lord. God has blessed us all with individual gifts, talents, and abilities to be used to magnify and glorify His name and His kingdom, as well as to help and serve others. This means that our calling is much bigger than ourselves, because it effects so many other people. When we live righteously and walk according to the Word of God and are constantly striving to please Christ then the people around us get blessed as a result. The people in our life, the people we minister to should be the benefactors of our walk with Christ. This is why it is so important to make sure that our walk with Christ is in order, but also to make sure that we are doing our work for the Lord with excellence and at the highest level possible. Understand that Kingdom work never stops. Regardless of how tired you are, or how much work you put in the day before, there is no slacking when it comes to doing the work of the Lord for the Kingdom. And because the work of the Kingdom never stops that means that we can all be replaced very quickly if we are not doing what God has called us to do with excellence. Like I said our calling and the work we do not only affects us but everyone around us. If one person is slipping up and not being excellent in their work then the people they are ministering too are effected by that and they suffer and get the short end of the stick. We can all be replaced at any moment. There is a job that needs to get done, and it must get done, it does not matter who does it. So on those days when you are tired and just do not feel like getting up and doing anything (like I felt this morning) remember the people that are counting on YOU to do YOUR job. Think about all the people that get effected either negatively or positively by you doing your job well or by you doing your job poorly. You not doing your job not only effects your own growth and progression in what God has called you to do, but it also has the potential to delay the growth and progression of the people you were called to minister to. The work we do for the Lord not only affects us, the people we are called to minister to but it also directly has an effect on the amount of praise, worship, and thanks God receives. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:12-13, “12 this service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” What this is saying is that our service leads to people thanking God, it says people will praise God for our obedience. So if we are disobedient and not doing what we are supposed to be doing, and not doing what God has called us to do with EXCELLENCE then it has the potential to decrease the amount of thanks, praise, and glory given to God. We were created to glorify God that should be our goal, to bring glory to God not to rob Him of His glory. And when we don’t do our job that is exactly what we do. We each have one body that is made up of a variety of different parts. All of our body parts have their own unique and individual functions that make the body as a whole run smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. If one of our body parts stops doing what it is supposed to be doing, and stops function the way it is supposed to the whole body suffers. It is the same way with the body of Christ. We each have a unique calling and function that helps keep the Kingdom running smoothly. If someone starts slacking and not doing their job, the whole body (Kingdom) gets effected. Don’t YOU be the person that causes any dysfunction in the body of Christ. Do your job. Always keep in mind who your job effects. Our calling and the work we are called to do for the Lord is not about us, it is about glorifying God and helping His people. Understand it is so much bigger than just you. People are counting on you to do your job DO NOT LET THEM DOWN. Don’t be selfish, and self-centered, put others before yourself, be selfless, and do what God has called you to do with excellence and to the very best of your ability.
Let me Put The Word on it:
- Colossians 3:23 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
- 1 Peter 4:10-11 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
- 1 Timothy 4:14 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecywhen the body of elders laid their hands on you.
- Romans 12:6-8 6 We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
- Romans 6:4-5 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
- Psalm 75: 6-7 6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
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