Talent of Speech
your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye
ought to answer every man. Col. 4:6
The voice is an entrusted talent, and it
should be used to help and encourage and strengthen our fellowmen. If parents
will love God and keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment, their
language . . . will be of a sound, pure, edifying character. Whether they are
at home or abroad, their words will be well chosen.
The very best school for voice culture is
in the home life. Study in every way, not to annoy, but to cultivate a soft
voice, distinct and plain. . . . Mothers should themselves act like Christ,
speaking tender, loving words in the home.
The right culture and use of the power of
speech has to do with every line of Christian work; it enters into the home
life and into all our intercourse with one another. We should accustom
ourselves to speak in pleasant tones, to use pure and correct language, and
words that are kind and courteous. Sweet, kind words are as dew and gentle
showers to the soul. The Scripture says of Christ that grace was poured into
His lips, that He might "know how to speak a word in season to him that is
weary." And the Lord bids us, "Let your speech be alway with
grace," "that it may minister grace unto the hearers." . . . If
we follow Christ's example in doing good, hearts will open to us as they did to
Not abruptly, but with tact born of
divine love, we can tell them of Him who is the "Chiefest among ten
thousand," and the One "altogether lovely." This is the very
highest work in which we can employ the talent of speech.
Righteous words and deeds have a more powerful
influence for good than all the sermons that can be preached.
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