Watch Your Mouth: A Convicting Passage

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 

Ephesians 5:4, ESV

I was reading through the book of Ephesians this past week. As I was exegetically studying Ephesians 5 I remembered something that happened in my life as a worship pastor a few years ago. I had been on a worship team of all guys for about a year and a half when a female vocalist approached me about wanting to try out. I was ecstatic because that was a void that needed to be filled. This vocalist was amazing and we brought her on board to be a part of our team.

 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life.

James 3:6, ESV

Well, our first practice came with out new vocalist and numerous times through the night I caught myself about to make a joke or comment (and sometimes didn’t catch myself) that brought immediate conviction. My sin was exposed and I was embarrassed. I remember leaving practice and spending time with Jesus that night in repentance and I had the overwhelming leading by the Spirit of God to call this vocalist and apologize.

I realized that I had fallen into a complete lie; “These are just the guys so it’s acceptable to say these things or make these jokes with the guys. “

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A lie! When I talked to the female vocalist it was very clear that we had made her uncomfortable; I had made her uncomfortable.

God did a great work during that time and helped our band grow in holiness because of the Grace of God. I’m not saying this isn’t a struggle, but I can tell you there has been life-change and I am grateful an amazing woman of God would have the courage to speak up and that God convicted me through His Word in Ephesians 5.

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