I finished the series called LABELS this past Sunday at The Community Fellowship. We took a different point of view from the normal “stop believing lies” and moved to ask questions about the words we say. Do we ever use our words to give people wrong labels? The answer is yes.
One of the passages of Scripture I used is something I want to share with you today. It is about marriage and how a husband and wife deal with each other. But this also applies to in other ways. The Message says it best, I believe. Read on…
The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor—since they're already "one" in marriage.
Here are some things that are true about us and everyone. I pray we apply this truth so that we will encourage others to believe the right things, the right labels about themselves.
You are a leader of others. Our words influence the people around us whether we believe it or not. People are listening and believing what we say. As we submit ourselves to Christ, our words will change, and we will become more like Jesus. It is important to submit to others by serving them with our words which is one way to be submisive.
Love others with our words … giving not taking is what this passages reminds us to do. Are your words taking things from people or building in to them greatness? This is a tough but great question to answer.
The husband sold out to loving his wife will share a love that makes his wife whole. We can and must do the same with the people we encounter. This may be our children, our neighbors, the people we work with or countless others. Our words ought to inspire people to be great and whole.
Words with love will evoke beauty in others. This is often rare but so needed. When we allow our words to give and share truth, lives will be changed, and we will evoke beauty or grace from others.
Finally, God calls us to share a love designed to bring out the best in others. Words are a place where this is easily seen. When we are negative and cutting, we are inflicting pain and tearing people apart. When our words are encouraging and building, we are helping others become what God made them to be and to become better people.
May God use our words to give life and strength and truth to all the people we come in contact with!
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.