by Jim Perdue

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Talk Is Steep (12 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
Jim Perdue
Colossians 4:2-6

We're getting very close to concluding our sermon series through the book of Colossians. I have learned so much and have been incredibly blessed by the truths in this letter. We've dealt with issues like theology, legalism, forgiveness, encouragement, marriage, and parenting. The Word of God hits us right where we live.

And here, in Colossians 4:2-6, Paul deals with an issue that hits home for us all. He deals with our speech and communication; with how we talk. The things we should say, but don't. The things we do say, but shouldn't. Some say that talk is cheap, I say that Talk is Steep. There's a high price to pay for the things you say…or don't say.

A judge says a few words, and a man's life is saved or condemned. A doctor speaks a few words, and a patient either rejoices ecstatically or gives up in despair. Whether the communication is oral or written, there is great power in words. I am told that for every word in Adolph Hitler's book Mein Kampf, 125 people lost their lives in World War II. *

The power of speech is a gift from God, and it must be used the way God ordains. In the Book of James, the tongue is compared to a bridle and a rudder, a fire and a poisonous animal, and a fruitful tree and a fountain (James 3). These three pairs of pictures teach us that the tongue has the power to direct, the power to destroy, and the power to delight. The tongue is but a little member in our bodies, but it can accomplish great things for good or for evil. READ TEXT

A chauffeur had driven the chemistry professor to dozens of speaking engagements. He'd heard the same canned speech scores of times. He said on the way to another engagement, ''Professor, I believe I could give your speech myself; I've heard it so often.'' The professor said, ''I'll bet you $50 you can't.'' ''You're on,'' said the chauffeur. He stopped the car and the two exchanged attire. They came to the banquet. ...

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