By Pastor Vinnie Cappetta
"Watch What You Say!"
It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
Speech is a powerful weapon. Do you ever notice that the more someone tells you not to think about something, the harder it is not to think about that thing? It's a very strange phenomenon! Speech is a powerful weapon for good and evil.
We are told that it is shameful to mention what the disobedient do in secret. Today’s verse is really an extension of the previous verse’s admonition to stay pure (Ephesians 5:11). Staying pure doesn’t just mean not participating in evil acts, but also not carrying on their memory by talking about them. Now obviously, this doesn't mean we shouldn't use certain things as examples or warnings to others, clearly, the Lord does this many times in scripture (look at the life of King David as an example). But what this means is we shouldn't dwell on those deeds, or spread them unnecessarily. This just gives glory to the Evil one.
How often have you told stories about what others have done to you or someone you know? What was your motivation? Was it to help others
not make the same mistakes, or was it to spread anger and discord? Often, it seems that telling others about things people have done to you only
serves to increase bitterness and anger on your part. We need to give these hurts to the Lord and not dwell on them.
I Thess. 4:11
Study to be quiet and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands.
Are there things that God wants you to learn to be quieter about?
What business does the Lord have for you to do this week?