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Words of Grace

February 25, 2010

The vast majority of our communication comes through words.  Either spoken or written, our words are the primary tools used to transmit our thoughts to others.  The primacy of words in communication means we need to be especially careful of what we say and how we say it.  As Paul addresses our speech in Ephesians 4:29 he tells us, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” The standard Paul sets is plain, we must speak no worthless, wicked words but only gracious words of ministry.

These right words are words that distribute good to the needs of others.  Minister in this verse has close connections to our understanding of deacons, and it calls to mind the original purpose for which the deacons were ordained.  Their original function was to serve food to the needy widows of the congregation.  One could say the first deacons were the original meals on wheels.  In the first church, the deacons were ministering to the church by physically distributing to meet needs.  In our lives, our words must be ministering by distributing grace to meet the needs around us.  We are to be gracious waiters, lading the plates of our hearers with words of God’s goodness.

That which we are to heap on our hearers is the grace of God.  The grace of God is a subject that could easily fill the study of a lifetime.  In this brief article, all that can be done is merely point at the majestic eminence that is God’s grace.  God’s grace is the totality of the good gifts that He pours out on man in general and the fullness of the abundant blessings He gives to His children in particular.  For the Christian, God’s grace is first realized at salvation and is then continually administered through the Holy Spirit working in us to provide for all we need, equip us for all His work, enable us for all our days and sustain us in all our circumstances.  God’s grace is the overflowing river that works in us to bring us into greater imitation of Christ.  If our words are to minister grace to the hearers, then they must be such things are reflect the bounty of God and work to produce in others greater obedience to Christ.

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