Communication drives our world. New and faster ways of communicating are popping up every day. A new phone. A new kind of network. A new app. And it’s all held in our hands. So what are we doing with these powerful tools of communication? Are we using them to seek and propagate truth or are we using them to spread rumors and hearsay—taking pride in being one of the first to pass on the information without bothering to check into the veracity of it?
What dainty morsels rumors are—but they sink deep into one’s heart.
Proverbs 18:8 (NLT)
As easy as words are to share, truth can be difficult to find. Rather than filtering through posts, tweets, blogs, and stories, we often settle on the first account we read rather than the firsthand account.
Any story sounds true until someone sets the record straight.
Proverbs 18:17 (NLT)
Are you know as a person who shares stories or as a person who tells the truth? It is so easy for each and every one of us to get caught up in a narrative that is being driven by someone or something else. Yet, as Christians, it behooves us to search for and spread the truth.
Paul told the church in Corinth, “Now wherever we go [God] uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume… to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume.” (2 Corinthians 2:14, 16) We are not just to spread news, but spread the Good News. Our words—whether they be spoken, written, or typed—can give life or death. We are called to give life.
A person’s words can be life-giving water, words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.
Proverbs 18:4 (NLT)
Don’t settle for dainty morsels. Search for the life-giving water.
Daily Bible reading: Proverbs 17-18, 2 Corinthians 2