Christ is Your Environment (Part Thirteen) Identifying With The Nature Of Christ In You - Part Three

Therefore, it is expected of a relationship that involves believers to be better and to last longer and be established as a foundation other relationships should be built upon because, they as believers have what it takes to build better and lasting relationship. Apostle Paul again while speaking to his congregation in colossi he said thus to them “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Col.4:6). 

Interestingly, this is how a communication should be among believers but somehow what we have is the opposite in the sense the believers do vomit words that are vulgar. This happens because their speeches are not filled with grace and are not seasoned with salt. Apostle Paul gave us the reason why our speech should be filled with grace and seasoned with salt. He said because it helps us to know how to answer every man. This suggests that as a believer, though someone who is not a believer has said something that irritates and of course tingles your ear, you should as a believer replies him with words that are filled with grace and seasoned with salt.

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Probably, he spoke in anger and wrathful words, just remember who you are, that you are not him, you have been created in the image of God and therefore, his action should not dictate your pace rather you should superimpose your nature on the situation and take control of it. That your words are filled with grace means that it demonstrates love. Now a gracious word is a loving word, loving words cannot be appalling when heard, so it is soothing to hear and it revives sagging spirits. So believers are not supposed to engage in a naughty exchange of words with others even among themselves. In a situation where the words are hurtful and piercing, the bible advises the believers thus, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) and also it say “By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.” (Proverbs 25:15). 

We are made to calm the situation down not to stir up fire in it. And that can be done by saying words that are gracious and seasoned with salt, such words makes strong hearts to become malleable and as well help to quell situation. 

Again, it is interesting to reiterate here that the word translated filthy communication is the Greek word aischrologia which also can be translated as vile communication in the modern day language; it has much to do with gossiping. One is said to communicate in a vile manner when he goes about spreading false news or concocted news about something or an individual in order to make himself look better or to gain favour or just for being evil or malicious. Now, such is vile communication! This kind of attribute should not be seen in the life of any believer because the believers are not made to spread false or evil news but to spread the good news which is the gospel of Christ.

Notice that false news destabilizes and causes devastation in the life of the receiver but good news builds and restores the receiver, and the believer has been called to build not to destroy. In other words false news takes life away from an individual but good news gives life to the receiver, and that’s a exactly what believers have been called to do, to give life to people through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because as many that receives the gospel of Jesus has received life and not just life but eternal life. 

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Therefore, believer are ‘purveyors’ of good news which means at any given time the news that is sourced out of them is just good and not false. Whenever they open their mouth what will flow is good news, no matter what the situation is, they change it to good news, because they are a container of good news. Halleluiah! So, instead of spreading false news a believer should put off such from himself and put on good news which he or she has been created to disperse and dispense to a sundry without boundaries and offence to anyone. This is what Apostle Paul was saying in his epistle to the Corinthians as quoted here 

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). 

This is the calling of each and every believer to reconcile men to God. Meaning to bring men to God and making them to be at peace with God. The truth is that when one’s mouth is full of evil speaking or gossips there is no way he can be able to convince anyone to believe in Christ because people are going to judge him by the attribute he portrays. Evil speaking also involves confessing negative things always, whenever something good crops up on the side of someone else inasmuch as it is not from your side; you seek to dent it and say things that are appalling about it. Also when one becomes very pessimistic about things in life, the words that come out of his or her mouth will always be negative and such does not come from God. 

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However, Apostle Paul went ahead to instruct believers that they should ‘lie not one to another’; this is the key of everything and of all the instructions he gave to believers. Lie not one to another means do not be deceptive, do not say the opposite of what you supposed to say, do not interpret and portray a life Jesus has not given you. Is another way to say be who Jesus has made you to be, identify and acknowledge all the good things that’s in you (Philemon 1:6) and made them to manifest. Do not manifest a character that is not found in Christ, having it in mind that you have been created in the image of Christ (Colossians 3:10) therefore, should replicate Him any time any day. 

Each believer is born in Christ to copy and display Christ, that’s whatever he sees in Christ is what he manifests to the world and nothing more nothing less, if not it becomes a deception. This statement ‘lie not to one another’ is very vivacious and pivotal in the spirit of oneness that should be abiding in the church of Jesus Christ, because how much truth that is in the church will definitely determine the level of spiritual progress the church will attend. 

Overtly, it is a known fact that lie does not build, it weakens the fabric of unity, it destroys the sweet sap in a relationship, instead of building trust it builds suspicion in and among people. So, in any organization where lies have taken root, there is no amount of insight, knowledge, wisdom and finance that will be poured in it and it progresses because the presence of lies means destruction and instability. 

Therefore, there is no way a believer should be the one to champion a life that is full of lies, it’s not in his or her nature and should be put off. Because one single word to characterize the put off attributes is flesh and a believer in Christ cannot be found in flesh. The believer in Christ is buried in Christ therefore the nerves/desire to sin is dead. He is awake to righteousness!

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