27th June 2018

Foot in Mouth

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom….”
Colossian 3:16 (ESVUK)

We’ve probably all seen statistics about what goes on every second around the world. Here are a few samples: every second four babies are born and two people die. The earth travels 18 1/2 miles through space, and 4 thousand stars are born across the universe. Lightning will strike the ground 100 times and somewhere a bee will flap its wings over 270 times. In that same second four hundred and eighteen KitKats are in the process of being consumed!

But there’s a statistic that no amount of online searching will unearth: just how many people every second put their foot in their mouth and upset someone else. I suspect the number would be on the large side. The phrase comes from way back when it started out as just ‘to put one’s foot in it’, meaning when you have said something inappropriate to someone it is as if you had stepped into something rather nasty. Just use your imagination on that one. If we are either teaching or having to say something rather tough to someone else, it can be even more difficult to find the right words that will help and uphold, and not offend.

We can’t get a pill for it, but there is an antidote to foot-in-mouth disease: letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly, and so being guided by him who is the power of God and the wisdom of God. He is indeed wisdom incarnate.

Our world is peopled with the people of God, who have the Spirit of Christ in them. So there must also be another statistic we won’t be able to find: how many people open their mouths every second and speak with the wisdom that Christ can bring. That figure is not available on earth, but no doubt it is known in heaven.

Father, as we live in Christ and he in us, may his word be deep within us so that all our words are welcomed.

Study by Hilary Buck


About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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