Gift of Gab
My mom always told me I had the gift of gab. Give me a topic and I can talk about it for at least twenty minutes. One of my favorite church times was when children brought an object on Sunday morning and I had to give a children's lesson based in the object. Now I do same thing when my grandchildren want to hear a story. Give me an object and and I will wax elegant. But not all words hold the same value, "There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18.
I believe God has given me the gift of words, but how I use those words is important. They can be swords thrust deep or hacking wildly. These words are rash, spoken recklessly and without thought. It is the husband who demeans his wife in front of his friends for laughs or the parent who ridicules her child for a job less than perfection. The reckless tongue tells jokes at the expense of a friend, and uses the basest of ideas and exalts himself.
Words of the wise lift up and make other people's lives better. Wise words are slow to speak, thoughtful in their execution, meaningful and mending. Righteous words speak life into the darkness of despairing lives. They comfort those in sorrow, encourage the depressed, and pray for the hurting. Wise words corrects a friend, disciplines a child, and wounds with love. They are words that to lead to reconciliation between God and men. Wise words teach and instruct the Word of Truth, proclaim the gospel, and declare the day of the Lord. Words of the righteous hold to truth, speak with authority, but leave judgement and condemnation to God.
If God has given me the gift of gab then I need to be mindful of how I use my words. In my youth I tended toward reckless words and the pain of an unbridled tongue cut deep. If age brings wisdom it has taught me to hold tight my words, think before I speak, and tremble at each word that is uttered. It is with God's grace that I use his gift for the benefit of the church. My prayer is that my words will be measured lest they be weighed and found wanting.
So, this week I chose to use my words with wisdom and speak them with the aim of healing. Don't worry, there will be laughter but never shaming or demeaning. I could go on, but I think these words are sufficient, I'm just saying.