Day 210: Grace-Filled Speech

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28
Romans 12:1-21
Psalm 22:19-31
Proverbs 20:8-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. – Rom. 12:3

Paul spoke through grace. He did not speak in his own strength. He did not speak out of uncontrolled emotion. He spoke through grace: the “good will, merciful loving-kindness, [and] favor of God.”[1]

The Apostle Paul here is not referring to graceful (i.e. elegant) speech. We know this because he says to the Church at Corinth, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom…[and with] persuasive words of human wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Cor. 2:1, 4). Paul is referring to grace-filled speech: words that are filled with the merciful loving-kindness and favor of God.

When you speak, are you speaking through grace? When you respond to that social media post, does it demonstrate the merciful loving-kindness of our Heavenly Father? When you reply to that person who doesn’t agree with you and always rubs you the wrong way, are you showcasing God’s willingness to rescue even those who are far from Him?

If it’s not grace-filled, don’t say it at all. The world doesn’t need your opinion on the matter; it needs God’s.

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would fill my speech with grace! I want to speak through grace every day, in every conversation, with every single person I meet. Thank You Holy Spirit for strengthening me to speak through grace, in Jesus’ name!

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[1] Strong’s G548; Greek charis