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Growing up I was taught the old adage,
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

At face value, this seems like a kind and loving rule to live by but my years in ministry have given me a different perspective.
I have been astonished to witness the quiet force of silence erode and destroy relationships, institutions, culture and faith.

God is not a God of silence. He is a God of Words.

All things were spoken into existence through His Words.
Jesus our savior is known as the Word of God.
The Holy Spirit is alive and active through His Word in us.
And we are called to proclaim THE WORD in all gentleness and humility.

When you reflect on the destructive power of silence, you realize that often times our silence is driven not by a desire to care for others, but by a desire to avoid the brokenness we experience with others.

When you see the brokenness of sin in your family, your friendships, your church family, or your pastor, for the Love of Jesus, please say something!

Say something in gentleness and humility for the sake of the one to whom you are speaking. That’s the loving thing to do.
Satan loves it when we remain silent. Silence may allow us to avoid an uncomfortable conversation, but it also leaves that person in their brokenness and sin.

There is so much of life we have met with silence and the result has been not good.

Hurtful Behavior.
Protection of the Unborn.
False Teaching.
Social Issues.

The list goes on and on and reaches into every area of life and existence.

The Lord comes to us through Words, spoken in love to those we love. Don’t be afraid to speak.
If you end up saying something wrong or hurtful, repent and ask for forgiveness and the Lord will forgive you through Words.

We don’t need to get rid of the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”
We just need to amend it to, “If you don’t have anything loving to say, don’t say anything at all.”

This allows for His Word to be spoken into the brokenness of sin.
For as we know, speaking Jesus into people’s lives and this broken world is as loving as it gets.

In His Grip,
Pastor Guy