Good Four Letter Words

J. D. Conley
June 22, 2014

One dead give away that betrays one’s Christianity quicker than anything else, is their improper use of speech. James said: "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain" (Jas.1:26). Jesus taught, "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Mt.12:37). In spite of these truths, even some religious people have the sinful habit of using vulgar, coarse and crude language. Four letter words seem to spew out of their mouth every four minutes. But lets look at some good four letter words. These are words not so much to speak, but to implement into our daily lives.

Work- Work is good and nothing can take its place in accomplishing tasks or in granting the worker satisfaction. Daily jobs, chores and responsibilities belong to all of us. Solomon wrote, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might..." (Eccl.9:10). One who undertakes a work, is Heaven bound to do the very best work he or she is capable of doing. Secular work is good and it is necessary, but the most important work is the Lord’s work, the work of the church. Church work consists of evangelizing the lost, helping the poor and building up the brethren, (Mk.16:15,16; Gal.6:10; Jude 20).

Are you a church worker? Heaven will not be filled with pew warmers and lazy Christians.

Pray- How much time do you spend in prayer each day? Christ said, "...men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Lk.18:1). Paul commanded Christians to "Pray without ceasing" (1Thess.5:17). Have you ceased praying for long periods of time? How long has it been since you’ve knelt in prayer? Apart from a habitual fervent prayer life, living as Christ would have us to is an impossibility.

Read- Do you read the Bible daily? In this age of Youtube and videos, reading is in steep decline. Too many rather see than read. This has contributed to a dearth of ignorance and an erosion of vocabulary skills. Pertaining to things secular, this is unfortunate but not spiritually lethal. But if a Christian is not ingesting the Word on a daily basis, he is starving his soul, (Amos 8:11). Let us read and feed on God’s Holy Word every day, (1Tim.4:13).

Lets give these three, four letter words our undivided attention. Some other good four letter words would be: love, obey, help, give and pure. "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (Jas.1:22).