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What To Say When Everyone’s Watching

When Christian singer Natalie Grant left the Grammy Awards early, she only said one thing: “I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.”

Natalie Grant's explanation for her early exit set a strong example for on how to guard our speech in sticky situations. We live in a messed-up world, and at some point, we will all find ourselves in situations that make us uncomfortable or cause our hearts to ache. Passing judgment on nonbelievers is easy; showing grace is right. So what can we do to follow the advice in Proverbs 4:24 and keep corrupt, perverse or negative talk far from our lips?

We can read the Bible. If we constantly renew our minds with the Gospel, then our hearts—and our lips—will overflow with His goodness (Romans 12:2, Luke 6:45). The more we read about Jesus, the more we become like Him, full of love, compassion and grace. Instead of dwelling on the negative, we can show grace by focusing on Jesus. Colossians 4:5-6 reminds us, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

We can also ask for Jesus's help in prayer. Psalm 19:14 says, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

We can't control the world around us, but we can control our reaction to it. We are ambassadors for Jesus. People are watching our behavior and paying attention to our words. So let's make sure both represent Jesus well. 

Reflect:

  • Think of one time that your words didn’t point others to Jesus. Why did you act/react in the way that you did?
  • What is one thing you can begin doing today to keep yourself from acting/reacting in a way that doesn’t point to Jesus?

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