Choose Your Words Carefully
A friend of mine gave me some sound advice today. I needed to take my eyes off myself and put them on our Lord. As I did that, I started to see those around me in different light. This friend was applying 2 Corinthians 5:20. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Our words can have a major ministry in the lives of others in reconciling us – and them – to Christ. Our words can turn our own eyes from their inward focus, which can lead to decay and sorrow, self-pity and bitterness, to the One who loves us. Our words can lead others to see Christ in us for whom we are – ambassadors.
As teachers, we need to weigh our words carefully. They need to be pointing your children to the Lord. We are His ambassadors (and yours) to help them see their need for Him.
As parents, you need to weigh your words carefully. What do your words communicate to your children and those around you?
Too often, I have been on the receiving end and the one who delivers words that do not express the glory and grace of our Lord. I need to realize, as we all do, as Christ followers we need to be about the business of reconciling those around us to Christ.