Avoid all foolish talk, gossip, perverse speech, anything that does not edify, anything that gives appearance of evil. Be above reproach with your speech so others may not use it against you, against the Kingdom.
I’ll be honest, this is a tough one for me many times. But it is good to often ask ourselves, “What do I really want?” Or “What do I really not want?” And what I do not want is to lead any astray with careless words that can be easily taken to fuel unbelief or cynicism. I do not want my words to bring any harm to others, but rather encouragement.
“I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all those rich people. They gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had to live on.” [NCV]
Do you give a tiny portion out of your surplus?
Or do you give in a way that you actually can notice and feel the sacrifice?
Be it monetarily or with the precious commodity of your time? More specifically, do you give the gift of yourpresence with people? For presence is even more valuable than your time.
We believe this to be YHWH’s greatest gift and therefore the greatest we can give to others.Presence.
You sometimes hear of those very present people who make others feel as though they were the only other person in the room, no matter how many people are in it.There’s a love song with the line “In a crowded room, all I see is you.”
This is Presence.