Cleanness Not Meanness

Proverbs 12:18 HCSB - There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  

 

Is your tongue more of a sword or a scalpel?  Do you use your words to bring harm or healing?  Will you use your tongue for bullying or for blessing?   Do your online posts and texts reflect a heart of profanity that harms your Christian witness or a heart of purity that demonstrates your Christian witness?  Would people say your communication mostly prioritizes the silly or the sacred?  Why would people who are completely unaware of God or the power of the Gospel ever think to look for the sacred from those who are silly?  If they are wondering about truth, will they be attracted to bullying or blessing?  Profanity of purity?  Meanness or cleanness?

 

Proverbs 17:15 MSG - Whitewashing bad people and throwing mud on good people are equally abhorrent to God.

 

God hates both these actions in Proverbs 17:15.  They are abominations to Him.  Bullying is a clear form of throwing mud on good people.  Wrongly defending the actions of bad people is actually a form of cruelty and injustice.  Yet how often do we see this type of irrational response during an election season?  How often do we see this when someone defends the outrageous behavior of a family member who deserves to be seriously corrected?  

 

One of the saddest realities the church must repent of in establishing a true “Christ culture” is not tolerating Christians who throw mud on their innocent fellow Christ-followers out of pettiness, jealousy, misunderstandings, or other unacceptable reasons.  These aren’t just minor little sins.  How do you think the church should police itself - in marriages, families, friendships, small groups, and pulpits — when it comes to avoiding these abominations?  How much personal responsibility should each Christian take?

 

Christ confronted “bullies” whose religion was a cover for their meanness, manipulation, and mockery.  Will you?  Should we expect abusive communication to be normal?

 

2 Timothy 3:1-6 NCV - Remember this! In the last days there will be many troubles, 2 because people will love themselves, love money, brag, and be proud. They will say evil things against others and will not obey their parents or be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. 3 They will not love others, will refuse to forgive, will gossip, and will not control themselves. They will be cruel, will hate what is good, 4 will turn against their friends, and will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited, will love pleasure instead of God, 5 and will act as if they serve God but will not have his power. Stay away from those people.

 

Proverbs 22:10-11 NLT - Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.  Quarrels and insults will disappear. 11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.

 

Who in your circle of fellowship is mean-spirited mocker?  Who in your circle habitually insults you or others?  How might Proverbs 22:10-11 apply?  Do you want the King of kings as a friend?

 

 

LCC Talk:  Love by Clean Conversation.  Speak cleanness not meanness.