Your Words are a Witness

by | Feb 4, 2022

Your Words are a Witness I Daily Walk Devotion

When a witness sits on the stand in court, they testify to what they witnessed. Usually, it is for a crime, but sometimes it can be over a dispute. When needed, a lawyer will bring in an expert witness who will shed light on the circumstances based on his expertise in a particular field. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you can have the same impact. Your words are a witness to the world of the saving love of Jesus Christ.

‭‭EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:29

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

Words Can Hurt

Words can hurt. Some have taken words too far, and some have gone too far with the hurt they think they have experienced from others’ words. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are called to a different standard. First, we are to measure our words. That covers a lot of areas. Unwholesome can include cursing, taking the Lord’s name in vain, critical speech, gossip, and more. If your words don’t build others, you probably shouldn’t say it. Your words are a witness.

Be Quick to Build Up

Today, too much talk is meant to tear down, destroy, and cancel others. People are quick to point out others’ faults and very slow to forgive. Paul says that your words are to build others up. That is what edification means. Don’t get caught up in the heat of the moment and blow up with words you can’t take back. Instead, use words that will redeem the moment and bring healing. Proverbs 15 tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath.

Your Words are a Witness

Be a grace giver. The best way you can do that is with your words. Let people off the hook for things they have said, and be sure to speak the love of Jesus when you deal with them. Grace can smooth over the most ruffled feelings. Giving people what they don’t deserve can often be the best medicine. That can also be the strongest witness.