John Moschitta, Jr., also known as “Motormouth” is famous for being a fast-talking office manager in 1981 FedEx commercials. He held the world record for the fastest talking articulating 586 words per minute. In 1990 Steve Woodmore shattered that record by speaking 637 words per minute. In 1995 Sean Shannon shattered that record by speaking 655 words per minute. These men were not just uttering syllables, but actually speaking words that could be heard and understood by most people.
In the southern part of the country talking slow was the norm. Fast talkers were for the most part politicians or con-men.
You are Your Words
James wrote, “So then, by beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19,20. Solomon “the wise man” wrote, “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking. But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19.
In Colossians 4:6, The divine instruction teaches us, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” God’s recipe is to let your words simmer, and be well seasoned before you speak them.
Words are Your Responsibility, They will be Judged
Notice that God recognizes that the words coming from your lips is “your speech.” After an undesirable word is spoken. From God’s vantage point, you own those words. Jesus said, “But I say unto you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36. In other words, you own them.
Take note of the adverb “always.” The Greek word is “pantote,” and means “at all times.” God does not overlook language lacking in grace and salt just because it was a “slip of the lip.”
In conclusion, let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6.
In Christian love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ
WHY NOT, WE AS CHRISTIANS, INVITE SOMEONE TO WORSHIP WITH US NEXT SUNDAY? AFTER THE MORNING WORSHIP, INVITE THEM TO HAVE A MEAL WITH US. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. WILL YOU DO IT? CAN GOD COUNT ON YOU TO INVITE SOMEONE?