“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” — John 1:47
Jesus, by His statement, seemed to believe Nathanael was a person who was impeccable with his word. Guile can be defined as being “without deceit, trickery or manipulation.” — all in a negative sense.
Why is this necessary? Speech is the way we communicate with one another but it is also the way we, as Believers, exercise our God-given power and authority on earth. He expects us to operate and create for good…using our words. But we often find ourselves using our words for everything but what we are supposed to use them for…to build and not to tear down.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue… Proverbs 18:21
How often have we spoken against ourselves, against our circumstances or even against others…not considering the consequence of our speaking? It is time we pay very close attention on what we are saying. It is more than ‘saying what you mean and mean what you say’. It is saying the right thing every time…even if you want to say the opposite.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. — Ephesians 4:29
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication outof your mouth. — Colossians 3:8
We cannot afford to give in to the pressures of life to speak out of our frustration, fear, pain, anger, gossip and the like. Words spoken from these can act as arrows of poison towards whoever they are directed towards–even ourselves. We should use words that will “minister grace unto the hearers“.
Remember when you heard it said: “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all”? Well that’s a practice that will lead us to be impeccable with our words by using them for good.