Grace and peace be unto you.
Have you ever been involved in conversations that left you demotivated? Do your conversations inspire others to praise God or know more about him? Scripture says, “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Colossians 4:6).
The story is told that after Jesus’s resurrection, two of his disciples were going to the village of Emmaus. They were walking and talking, and Jesus appeared alongside them and joined the conversation. However, they did not recognize him. The disciples were sad and talked about Jesus’ death and missing body from the tomb. Jesus explained the Scriptures and reminded them that his death and resurrection were apart of God’s plan.
When the disciples reached their destination, Jesus appeared to be going further, but they asked him to stay with them because it was too late for him to continue his journey. After they sat down to eat, Jesus took some bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Immediately, their eyes were opened, they recognized him, and he disappeared. Then, the disciples said to each other, “When he talked with us along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn’t it warm our hearts?” (Luke 24:13-32).
God knew the kind of encouragement that the disciples needed, therefore he sent Jesus to talk with them. Jesus always does what pleases his father (John 8:29), hence he explained the Scriptures to the disciples according to God’s will. God wants us to speak his thoughts to our listeners in all our conversations. He knows what they need to be inspired and has given us the information in the Bible. Regrettably, sometimes we neglect to study the Scriptures and do not have the knowledge to express God’s thoughts. As a result, we ended up giving the wrong response and discourage our listeners.
At other times, we might know the Scriptures, yet still, very focused on getting our points across to soothe our ego. Consequently, we are oblivious to what God wants us to say, and confidently share our opinions while feeling good about ourselves. Thus, we missed the opportunity to encourage our listeners and glorify Christ. The Bible says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
Our opinions are powerless to encourage the spirit although they may motivate the flesh. Nevertheless, God’s Word is powerful to motivate both spirit and flesh, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12). Therefore, we ought to invest time in studying God’s Word.
Before we begin the day’s activities, a good rule of thumb is to prayerfully ask the Lord to guide us in all our conversations, and give us the strength and presence of mind to obey him. By so doing, we will share his thoughts with others, encourage them, and glorify him.