WHICH MEGAPHONE ARE YOU?
“Bla, bla, bla.” Who speaks through you? Is it God or satan? Look! When we become “biggies” like lying, stealing, drinking, cheating, adultery, fornication etcetera. Then we start about the Lord, our lives, the brethren, and events in general. Harmless stuff! – Or so we think. But many times these conversations are full of judgments, rumours, slanders and hearsays, all neatly tucked away behind a concerned Christian smile.
Each time we talk, we are either opening our mouth for God or for the devil. The quality/content of what we say plus the motive behind them determines who is talking through us.
Gossip, slander, backbiting, rumours, tell tales, are all engineered by the devil. The Bible gives equal emphasis on the deadly consequence of these sins. They are no little sins. In fact, the Scriptures say that people that engage in any of these sins do not know God. They are reprobates, megaphones in the hand of the enemy.
“Being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers. backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1: 29-32).
We purposefully omitted the “biggies” so that you will have eyes for the grave sins you’ve been talking lightly – acting out the devil’s mouthpiece. By the way something doesn’t have to be a lie to make it a gossip. Many of us think, “Well, it’s true… so I can tell it to anyone.” It is not so! Telling the truth for wrong motive can be more destructive than telling a lie.
Whenever your motive is not purely to glorify God and edify one another, be sure the devil is the one about to speak through your mouth. Talks engineered by the devil are like cruel blows, more painful than of a whip. There are wounds made by the fretful, impatient and angry tongues which never seem to heal. The victim may be removed from sight and the face we grieved rest quietly under the sod of some country church-yard or city cemetery. But the recollection of the pained, suffering look that was cast upon us as we wielded the lash-like tongue, we can never forget. The marks were not only left on them, but seem to abide with us. Shall the devil continue to meet out judgment, curses, disunity, and woes through your mouth!
But, beloved, you can be like the woman of Samaria, a megaphone for Jesus Christ. She said, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4: 29).
Whose megaphone are you? God’s or devils? Shalom!