“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 NASB)
Wow! Do you know how hard that is?
I’m not considering those times we explode loosing control when Satan whacks our pride. When that happens we have some growing to do. It’s the rest of the time we open our mouth that requires controlled participation. And that can be hard, especially when dealing with Pharisees and the self-called professionals in Jesus’ church. I couldn’t see how grace fit into that conversation until realizing frauds are not “those who hear.” There are others watching and listening and longing to hear the truth.
We live in the Age of Theologians. Prosperity has allowed thousands upon thousands of men and women to become doctrinally educated. To what gain? Instead of being of one mind the church is divided into more splinters than ever before. Prosperity has wrecked it’s havoc in the congregations. More so now as it is seen slipping away. What was gained?
There is time for a U-turn while we still live. Jesus can be trusted to tell us what is.
“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, ‘Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.
‘But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.'” (Matthew 22:1-14 NASB)
What to wear? What to wear?
“I said to him, ‘My lord, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)