Holy In All Conversation?

Posted: 8th April 2013 by Sam McDonald in Topical
Holy In All Conversation? Really?

Holy In All Conversation? Really?

I love it when God uses something in our lives to teach us a lesson. I just wish I didn’t have to learn so darn many!

1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

Or as the King James puts it; “in all your conversation”

I think we can all find a place in our lives that we could be more like the one who called us, right? Well among the many in my life, one stood out clearly to me yesterday.

As a Christian we are to be as Peter says “Holy”; so what does it mean to be Holy? My wife and I are taking a class about Resolving Conflict. Our pastor is the one teaching it and I think he would be proud that I am going to be using one of the tools that he taught us. If only I would have used the tools that would have kept me inline!

Here it is. We find out what is holy by finding out what isn’t holy. So here we go, but first lets put this in the context of a conversation I was having yesterday with someone on Facebook.

In this conversation what would not be holy;

  1. Calling names
  2. Slandering
  3. Accusing someone
  4. Assumptions
  5. Cursing
  6. Putting words in someone’s mouth that they didn’t say

I could go on but lets stop there. Now that we know what would not be holy, lets see what would be holy by doing the opposite of our list.

  1. Not calling names
  2. Not destroying someone’s reputation
  3. Finding out the truth
  4. Not assuming
  5. Not cursing
  6. Not putting words in someone else’s mouth.

See that was easy.

So, back to my Facebook conversation. I was not being holy when I was doing anything on this list was I? I’m ashamed to say that I was doing more than one thing on this list too. And it really doesn’t matter if I did one thing on the un-holy list are everything on the un-holy list; I was being un-holy! My point is that I wasn’t being holy in all my conversation, in all my behavior, like God calls us to be. But there is a bright side to this. God always gives us a way out. We may not like the choices, but they are there for us to choose. One way would be to change the way we’re handling the situation and begin to glorify God. Another way would be to humble yourself before God and the person you are wronging. My choice was to be humble and point out what I did and apologize.

I believe a lot of times we just get caught up in the heat of the conversation and we forget about who we are to glorify in all we do.

I pray father that in my life and in all my conversation, in all my behavior You would be lifted up and glorified. I know Lord that I don’t even need to mention Your name to dishonor or to glorify You. I pray that in all my behavior I would take the time to think; how can I honor you God? How can I shine the Light of Your Glory God, onto everything I say and do? Thank you Lord for Your willingness in my life, to have mercy on me and to flood me with Your love and grace.

  1. Cheryl says:

    We are all growing in the grace and knowledge of our Savior…conforming to His likeness until the day of our redemption. This was a great message Sam. Love to you brother.

  2. Tanya says:

    Now that hit home for me too as you well know. I also learned something recently that help’s from my counselor. Think about what is angering you for 3 days. If after 3 days you are still angry then say something. Of course it has to be said in a loving way without and without Christ you cannot be as loving and compassionate as He wants you to be. A very great topic and YES Glory be to God!!