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God Hears as We Speak


Then those who feared the Lord spoke often one to another, and the Lord hearkened and heard it. And a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared the Lord and who thought upon His name” (Malachi 3:16).

Malachi spoke of a book of remembrance, which was written before God, of those who feared him and honoured his name. What was written in the book were the conversations of those who feared God. He listens in on our discussions and he harkens (listens and gives respect) to what we say. This is why Paul encouraged us to let our speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:6).

We are the salt of the earth as we are the light of the world. Our conversations should reflect the salt and light that we represent and the grace of God in us. Paul warned us to have nothing to do with foolish and ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels (2 Timothy 2:23). Titus also cautioned us to avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless (Titus 3:9).

We have nothing to gain from strife and quarrelling and it is a waste of energy to engage in arguments, for the sake of being controversial. Let us use our time wisely and be selective of the conversations we engage in. What can God write in his book of remembrance when he listens to us speak? Are we seeking to build each other up and to edify and encourage each other in the word? Who are you speaking to and what is the nature of your conversations?

I know that God listens and I want him to harken and record my conversations. We need to bear in mind, the next time we speak that God is listening and keeping a record. God is interested in what we have to say and the Holy Spirit is present to speak through us. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm‬ ‭19:14‬).

A.P.-Y.

Published by Anneta Pinto-Young

I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.

Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.

I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.

I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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Published
July 27, 2022

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Republished on Crossmap with permission from Anneta Pinto.

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