Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Acting School (Part 12)
How To Talk
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 (NKJV)
God says 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit' (Proverbs 18:21). Actors, models and talent for Christ: you love the power of the tongue. What you say, and what others say about you, propels media and all the stars within it--including His. For you, fame is a game to lead others to Christ.

Beyond other people, you must learn how to talk--and how not to talk. Because leaders bear a greater responsibility. 'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more' (Luke 12:48).

The power of the tongue is core curriculum in God's Acting School. Consider some highlights:

1) 'A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver' (Proverbs 25:11). 'Fitly spoken' can be translated 'in due time' or 'upon its wheels.' Stay ready to roll, ready to speak needed encouragement, gentle correction or the reason for the hope you carry--at the moment you are prompted by God. Do not hesitate. Neither speak out of turn. Situational awareness is a gift to be sought.

2) 'In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise' (Proverbs 10:19). Performers must be 'Quick to hear' and 'slow to speak' (James 1:19) to grow in 'Wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52). The King of kings and the kings of Hollywood will judge you accordingly. 'For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned' (Matthew 12:37).

3) 'Do all things without complaining and disputing' (Philippians 2:14). The world says, 'Complain and sue for vengeance and reparation.' God says 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay' (Romans 12:19). Consider Jesus: 'He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His Mouth' (Isaiah 53:7). Argument is the world's solution. Submission is God's solution. The choice of words and rewards is yours.

4) 'A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful Spirit conceals a matter' (Proverbs 11:13). Gossip is a killer, and talking about another's troubles as an amateur psychologist is still gossip. I am tempted and not perfect. Women especially, but men, too, repeat after me: 'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3). Instead of talking about others, pray for them.

5) 'Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal' (1 Corinthians 13:1). As a rule, famous people speak beautifully. The power of the word lifts preachers, politicians and movie stars. Actors, models and talent for Christ: guard against the temptation to 'Speak great swelling words of emptiness' (2 Peter 2:18) for personal profit. Be real.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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