I sit in a lot of meetings every week and what I hear is not always positive. People love to vent and complain. It’s human nature and it’s easy to do. We often feel the need to express our frustration or to whine. It might seem like a good method to let things go. It might feel good at the time but when you think about what it is expressing, you can see that it is more detrimental than productive. Complaining, venting by expressing negative thoughts is harmful to our spiritual growth. When we complain or say negative things about others, about our job, about our school, about our circumstances, we are not speaking God’s language. I like to think about what God’s language sounds like. I want to be fluent in it and to do so I need to watch what I say. I also need to lean more towards His Spirit than towards the world. Speaking God’s language is a bit more difficult than we can imagine but it is feasible. What does God’s language sound like?
God’s language sounds like His Word and it also sounds like what I call “the fruit of the fruit of the Spirit.” I always picture what we say as a fruit. It’s the fruit of our lips. Our lips because of our mind and our disposition, produce good fruit or bad fruit. Good and bad can come out of our mouth. We ought to be sure that the fruit of our lips is not rotten and bitter. If our minds are always plugged into the negative, we will produce bad and negative fruit. If our minds stay positive and our hearts are full of God’s goodness, we will produce good and positive fruit. Now, when we let the fruit of the Spirit grow and develop in us, that fruit allows our lips to produce good fruit. That good fruit is God’s language.
Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will always lead us to speak positive words. They influence our thinking and they impact our speech if we let them. In order to speak God’s language, we should let the Holy Spirit guide us. We should give in to the Lord all the time. We should make it known in our prayers to the Lord that we are giving in to His Spirit and that we want to be more like Him. We must desire to stop whining and venting because those habits are counterproductive. God’s language is void of complaints and bitterness.
Let’s be eager learners of God’s language. Let’s catch ourselves when frustration tries to get its way in. Let’s be mindful of our thoughts so we can stop the negative words from flowing. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for language lessons. He is the best teacher and the best coach. Let’s get excited about sounding more like the Lord. The world needs to hear God’s language spoken more and more. When it is spoken, the world will hear love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Nothing sounds better than that!
Suggested reading: Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 3:10