Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
A soft answer turns away wrath...
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life...
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Because you're citizens of Heaven,* you bring Good News from a far country. Your casting as communicators in the mighty fields of media requires a superior knowledge of the unearthly power of words.
In Genesis 1,** we discover God spoke the world into existence. He wastes no time in alerting us as to the strength of the spoken word. In John 1, we discover Jesus is the Embodiment of God's Word:
'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' (John 1:1). 'And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth' (John 1:14).
While most of the people in the world gossip, complain, accuse and poor-mouth (including far too many Christians), you are held to a higher standard. Because actors are also leaders, because leaders are also teachers, because teachers must be examples, your words should be rich and positive.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I have often failed in this regard. While I continue to ask God's help, I'm thankful to hear better from you. But here's one thing we must remember: 'No human being can tame the tongue' (James 3:8). Therein, a tongue held back from evil, a tongue speaking life instead of death, is possible only through the Lord.
Since the Lord is also called, The Word, let's learn some handy-dandy Verses to empower our mouths for the good. Let's repeat some of David's Prayers:
'Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips' (Psalm 141:3)
'Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your Sight,
O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer' (Psalm 19:13-14).
To Be Continued...
* Our heavenly citizenship: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+3%3A20-21&version=NKJV
* Excellent, short article: What does it mean that our citizenship is in heaven?http://www.gotquestions.org/citizenship-in-heaven.html
** Genesis 1: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+1&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.