John 8:44 records this about the devil: When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
English is both my native and my only language.
But any language can be used for good or evil. People can bless or curse in English. They can encourage or discourage; build up or tear down; heal or wound.
Language can be used to brighten or darken a listener’s day.
James 3:10 reads: Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
Earlier in his book, James wrote it is easier to control powerful horses or to command great ships than to tame one’s own tongue. This small organ is capable, he writes, of igniting great fires.
Paul instructed in Col 4:6: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Satan’s native language is not a language at all in the way you and I think of the term. He delivers his messages in German, French, and Portuguese, as well as in English.
Because his aims, according to John 10:10, are to steal, kill, and destroy, his native language is deceit.
God’s aims are to bless, heal, and deliver. His native language is love.
I communicate in English, but my language is defined by what is in my heart.
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Beautifully written, Debbie.
Thank you, Maggie. You inspire me with your dedication to write AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!
I love this, Debbie! Our speaking, writing, and doing should all go through a love filter.
We all are, as friends remind me, working to become more like Jesus. Progress, not perfection! Thank you for reading my posts and encouraging me, Becky.
YES! Interesting sidelight: that big powerful horse is also the Greek context for the meek, who will inherit the earth.
Thank you, Valerie, for reading and commenting. I didn’t know the Greek context about the horse. Hope you are doing well!