Speech is an amazing thing. I can listen to someone speak and detect many things about that person (personality, temperament) and one obvious thing is their place of origin or where they were born. I can’t hide my American accent in Poland or in Russia; even though my physical appearance blends right in with the natives. I may look just like them, but as soon as I speak my accent gives away my native residence, my native origin.
On the spiritual side– language we can reveal our spiritual residence as well. If we are born again in Christ – then all those things that identified us in the old life, including our residence, have been reborn or destroyed. 2 Cor 5:17 says “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. the old has passed away and the new has come”. Phil 3:20 says ” For our citizenship in heaven…” With our rebirth, we get a new passport, stamped by the Holy Spirit with our Savior’s blood which gives claim to our new residence in Heaven.
Our citizenship is now in heaven and our language should be new and fresh, that reflects our new residence. If this is true – then questions now beg to be asked. What influences our speech? Does our language give away our residence–now new in Christ! Our speech should reflect our new creation. We speak from the area from where we live or from where we obtain our greatest influence. What words do we use that reveal where your dominant influence comes from?
Our words should show kindness and patience, gentleness and self-control. Love, joy and peace should be the things that grow in us and out of us as we grow in and mature in Christ. All the fruits of the spirit are evidence of rebirth and growth in Christ.
The worship language in hell is saturated with complaining, cynicism, criticism, murmuring and moaning.
Our new heavenly language should be full of blessing, grace and love, rejoicing and thanksgiving.
Col 4:6 says “Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt…”
In Cor 1:4-6, Paul wrote “I always thank my God for the grace of God which has been given to you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge…
Proverbs 15:26 “……but the gracious words are pure in His sight.
Proverbs 16:24 says “ Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Proverbs 18:21 says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.
I do not believe there is anything more evident or powerful as a witness to the unbelieving lost world as the words that we speak and our actions that follow. Likewise, our words can be a powerful tool and a great blessing to others when we speak the language of heaven into others. As the new year approaches let us set a goal and ask the Lord to help us to always have and use from our mouths the words that reflect our new heavenly residence.