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Redemptive Speech   


Titus 2:7 and 8 read:


"In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.


Paul instructed Titus to be an example of one possessing integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech.  When we set aside serious sound speech, as many do today on social media and in person, we lose all credibility as Christians.  We, for legitimate reason, are spoken badly of and shamed by those who oppose us.  Being spoken badly of because of our association with Jesus is one thing, but being spoken badly of because of argumentative, nonsensical and non-redemptive speech defeats our mission as Christians. 


It saddens me to see non-Christians turned off to Jesus because of our non-redemptive speech.  The word "redeem" means to pay the price for something we purchase.  In the context in which I am writing, the price we pay in our redemptive mission is to set aside any self-promoting, arrogant, argumentative, irrational, unsound speech.  We do so because Jesus has called us to join Him in His redemptive plan to purchase lost souls for Him.      


We must ask ourselves if our words and actions help facilitate our redemptive mission.  Our participation in current cultural controversies must be premised on godly integrity that is seen in serious sound speech, and if not, we lose our Christian credibility and we become our own worst enemy.  We bring unnecessary condemnation upon ourselves that inhibits the redemptive process from being realized in our lives.  We can't blame Satan for being shamed and spoken badly of by those who oppose us.  It's not persecution.  It's reaping what we sow.  We, not Satan, are the problem.  So, think redemption before you pen your next word on your favourite social media site. 

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