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“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

A very wise man once said, “Unless you can improve the silence, don’t speak.” People have made a fine art of small talk that merely fills air space. We have forgotten the art of intelligent conversation and the imparting of substance such as the wisdom of God.

Sitcoms have primed us for one guy giving a straight line and the other delivering something witty or sarcastic–all for a laugh. Perhaps you have noticed that while life has its humorous moments it is no laughing matter. How we invest our time and the grace of speech as we converse with others can mean the difference between life and death, literally.

Simply speaking and having something worthwhile to say are two very different things. One can be a colossal waste of time: noise pollution. The other can be life enhancing, even life changing.

When you deliver the message of salvation to someone who is lost it can be the life line for which they have been searching. Those whose lives have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ have the power of the Holy Spirit to offer that life to others.

Think about it! It is only by the grace of God that we are endowed with such power. The Holy Spirit was sent to lead us into all Truth. While Jesus walked the earth He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)

Therefore, when the Holy Spirit teaches us Truth it is in greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Messiah. We are enriched by reading the Word of God because in it we know Him Who was sent by the Father to redeem our lives from a banal existence and eternal punishment. When the Word dwells within our hearts richly (in abundance) it affects our speech. For, from the abundant overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” ~ Luke 6:45

When we speak, we will have words of life; we will enrich those around us who have ears to hear.

“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” ~ John 6:63

Today is a gift from the hand of God. What we do and say in it is our gift back to Him. Be enriched in the knowledge of Him and speak your faith to those who will listen. Redeem the time because the clock is ticking. Speak only if you can improve the silence.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace in sending Jesus Christ to save us from sin. Thank You, also, for the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all Truth. Your Word is an ever-unfolding treasury of wisdom. Help our hearts receive the fullness of its knowledge that we may speak forth always with grace and impart to others the greatness of our God. To You alone be the glory by Christ Jesus Whose words are Spirit and Life. Amen!

Contributed by Cindy Stelter Tesar

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