Yep you read it right, no typos here. How many Christians use language, watch films, or enjoy listening to music with words, or images that do not edify our spirit?
This is something we are all guilty of. We get caught up in kickin’ it watching a good flick, sometimes filled with adultery, fornication, and bad language. Let’s not forget those old-school jams we like to kick back and listen to, not realizing some of those love songs are talking about fornicating, secret lovers, demeaning women, etc. Better yet we tell people around us, we are Christians, but we curse like a sailor. Funny huh? But so true.
James 3:10 tells us that blessings and cursing shouldn’t come out of the same mouth. So why then do we do it? It’s that natural struggle between our flesh and the spirit. Our flesh wants to do what it wants to do, while our spirit is grieved because it knows what we shouldn’t be doing.
When we fix our minds on things of God, it starts to become a little easier for us to discern music, movies and our language.
Philippians 4:8-9 (AMPC) tells us…
“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.”
You see as we meditate on what is true, honorable, just, pure, and lovely, our spirit will become sensitive to those things.
What would you do if Jesus was sitting right next to you? Would you watch that movie, listen to that song, or use the language that you use? The reality is, Jesus is with you, because He lives inside of you and what you say, watch or hear, you are doing right along with Him.
What we choose to watch, say or do is a reflection of Jesus Christ in us, if we call ourselves believers. So the next time you go to the movies or listen to that jam, ask yourself: are these words honoring to God? Would I watch this knowing Jesus is sitting right here with me?
~ André Gray