Ever noticed how you can be listening to someone you don’t know at all but yet walk away saying “that’s a believer”?
I had that experience this weekend in a public setting and with large numbers of public school teachers and students. No one was blatant and discussed the gospel, but those who speak the same foreign language, understood clearly. I always enjoy watching and listening to people, especially from a distance. It is amazing what you can learn.
Believers just have their own vocabulary at times. Which was so obvious this weekend. Did you realize how much truth can be hidden in a simple conversation? Everything from attitude and mannerisms, to little phrases found in Scripture. Much like when I’ve written letters to missionaries in dangerous situations, you can’t be obvious and blatant about your faith, but every believer understands:
“I don’t want to disappoint my Father.”
What do others notice about you in your daily conversations or public speaking?
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. KJV
Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:… KJV
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. KJV
1 Peter 3:1-2
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. KJV
These verses all reference our conversation, however the more literal translation to would be life.
However Webster’s 1828 Dictionary has this definition for Conversation:
Conversation – 1. General course of manners; behavior; deportment; especially as it respects morals.
So you can see how life fits better today. But I think we lose the realization of the impact of our words.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. ESV