Men’s Devotion – Seasoned Speech

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Colossians 4:5–6 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

There is a story in the Jewish Talmud about a king who sent two jesters on an errand. In instructing them, he said, “Foolish Simon, go and bring me back the best thing in the world. And you Silly John, go and find for me the worst thing in the world.”

Both clowns were back in short order, each carrying a package.

Simon bowed low and grinned. “Behold, Sire, the best thing in the world.” His package contained a tongue.

John snickered and quickly unwrapped his bundle. “The worst thing in the world, Sire.” Another tongue!

YOUR tongue can be an incredible blessing and a horrible curse. As men, we often struggle with what to say, what not to say, and how to say what we say. It is not uncommon for men to speak gruffly, roughly, or toughly.

However, as biblical men, we must remember that what we say and how we say it should be carefully guarded with our Christian testimony. We represent Christ in this sinful world, and our speech should be gracious and tempered.

If there is anything that can ruin a man’s reputation quickly, his words are at the top of that list. On the other hand, if there is anything that builds up and edifies those around you, your words are on the top of that list as well.

It says in James 3:3–6 “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”

Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Before you speak, season your words with grace.

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