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Out Of All Of God's Gifts,
Are You Coveting This One?
"The ability to speak suitable words, timely, wise, and helpful, is God's gift, and one of His best gifts, which we should covet earnestly." - Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
"Good works, good preachers, good books, - these are the food of the world and there cannot be an oversupply."
- Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
"Sweetness of speech increaseth persuasiveness."
- Believer's Bible Commentary
"A man who is learning daily of God is a man who is daily gaining power to teach and help his brethren."
- Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament
In the past, have your words been used of the Lord to keep men on their feet?
Have your words been spiritual bread to the souls of others?
Has God used you to diffuse the savor of the knowledge of Christ and the Gospel in every place?
Is your conversation full of helpful knowledge?
Do others listen to the instruction at your mouth because you speak well and winningly?
Do you have the ability to speak plainly, convincingly, and persuasively - while comforting and refreshing others by your words?
Can you easily distinguish between words that are worthless, empty, or idle and those that are profitable or a means of conveying grace unto others?
Does your speech show that your soul is under the influence of love to the Redeemer?
Does it display the savor of fresh and lively spiritual wisdom and earnestness?
In Job 4:3, we read how this servant of God had the ability to - "instruct many." He taught them how they ought to bear trials...gave suitable advice to those in affliction and distress...fortified them against temptations...and supported them under burdens. He was apt and able to teach good things. "Many" waited for his counsel and advice. He formed character with his words. His teaching was quite effective - for it was backed up by example.
In Genesis 18:19, we read about Abraham and how he - "commanded his children and his household after him." He had the gift of God to communicate his knowledge to all those under his charge. As a man of authority, he taught them the fear of the Lord - giving them all needful instruction to serve and worship Him.
King Solomon knew the value of this "gift" of speaking suitable words to others. He described it in three different Proverbs as follows -
"The lips of the righteous feed many..."(Proverbs 10:21).
"The lips of the wise disperse knowledge..."(Proverbs 15:7).
"...the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning"(Proverbs 16:21).
This "gift" of God enables its recipient to nourish the souls of men with sound doctrine. His words are as bread...honey.. or milk to the spiritually starving. As the Pulpit Commentary describes it, this just man is able to "pasture many." By his words, he strengthens their hearts and makes them able to watch, work, battle, and endure. When they are languishing in doubt and distress, he restores them to new life and fills their soul with hopefulness and energy.
This "gift" of God enables its recipient to scatter about the knowledge he has for the benefit of others. He takes pains to spread all useful knowledge - teaching others so that they in turn can teach. His speech has a diffusive influence.
This "gift" of God enables its recipient to speak eloquently - making others more willing to listen and learn. He has the ability to utter wisdom in winning speech - speech that is eloquent and gracious. He "sweetens" instruction - making it more desirable to learn. He delivers it in a flowing easy style...clothes his thoughts with proper words...conveys his ideas in clear expressions. While he communicates knowledge to others, he ends up "increasing" it in himself. He learns by teaching.
The Prophet Isaiah spoke of this wonderful "gift" of speech as well. We read his description in Isaiah 50:4 which says - "The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned." Notice immediately that he recognizes the source of this great "gift" as - "The Lord GOD." If He doesn't give it, you cannot get it anywhere else.
What does the Prophet call it? He calls it - "the tongue of the learned." What does he mean by this? He describes it as being the tongue of those instructed - a well-trained or well-taught tongue - the tongue of a disciple. The recipient of this "gift" - after being divinely taught and eminently endowed with intelligence and eloquence - is enabled by God to instruct others - to speak aptly and with propriety. He knows "how to speak a word in season to him that is weary." In other words, he sustains...sets up...strengthens...comforts...and refreshes him by his words. He is learned of the Father...taught by the Spirit...and well versed in Scriptures so that he can time things right - speaking fitly and appropriately - giving to each their portion in due season. He comforts the sad...cheers the weary on their hard way...guides the perplexed...and strengthens those who are ready to faint.
Lastly, we find that the Apostle Paul also described this "gift" in his own special way. In Ephesians 4:29, he described its recipient as speaking only that which is - "good to the use of edifying" - or that which - "ministers grace unto the hearers." With his words, this "gifted one" builds his hearers up in Christ and imparts grace to their hearts. Again, in Colossians 4:6, the Apostle describes him as one whose "speech" is "always with grace" and "seasoned with salt." In other words, his "speech" is courteous, humble, and Christlike as well as being well-seasoned, becoming, worthwhile, and profitable.
Do you have this "gift" whereby you are speaking suitable, timely, wise, and helpful words to others?
Recognize that it comes from God and is for all - not just for a few.
He wants to give it to you.
It's only a desire away.
May God Bless His Word.