When I was a little girl, my grandmother lived out in the country. Every once in a while; I would pick up her phone to hear people talking. She was on a party line. She shared a phone line with a couple of others family. Can you imagine? In this day and age; that would be so weird.
One must wonder if people would ever gently pick up the phone and listen in on other people’s conversation. You know they did. I’ll bet there was a lot of gossip spread that way. Some things were only half heard so people told the part they heard and that is very dangerous as well.
If we lived like everything we said was heard on a party line; I guarantee we would be ever so careful what comes out of our mouths. Here’s the thing. God hears everything we say. Is what you are saying building people up or tearing them down?
God wants us to be in the business of edification. He wants us to build up people in the body of Christ. What does He say about us and the people in our sphere of influence? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
As far as it is possible; be at peace with all men. Say kind things to them and about them. No one likes to be yelled at or treated disrespectfully. No one likes to be talked about unkindly behind their backs.
Let’s do our best to imagine we are on a party line in all of our conversations.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus help me to remember You are listening to my every conversation. I want You to be pleased with my words regarding other people. In Jesus Name. Amen.