UV 1727/10000 Process Questions for Perfecting Conversation
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
I Peter 1 v 15
Emulation of the Lord is the highest form of worship. We need to conform to the image of Jesus, the Son of God as we are children, brothers with Jesus and co-heirs of His inheritance. To conform to His image implies, one, that we do not conform to the world and its ways and two, that we conform to His example, principles, teachings. In a world of fallen icons and role models, Jesus remains our only perfect role model- perfect in speech and conduct. We are called to be holy, blameless, righteous in all of our conversation and conduct.
In order to be holy or righteous, we need to understand the holiness of the Lord, His uncompromising nature as far as sin is concerned, so much so He willingly sent His Son as a sacrifice to justify all mankind. He did not lower His standards of justice and righteousness in order to avoid paying such a huge cost for the salvation of mankind. In order to maintain such a standard of conduct, one should be prepared to pay the cost. But at no point should we allow ourselves to feel self righteous by imitating the meekness and humility of Christ. Our conduct and conversation should show the meekness of the wisdom of God. We will manifest such meekness as we realize that both our salvation and our righteousness is due to the grace and mercy of God and not our own merits.
St James bestowed the attribute of perfection on a person who is able to control his tongue and make it speak just the apt word at the apt time. We need to mint our words and not mince it. In order to mint our words, we need to run our words through seven processes just as silver and gold that is purified are processed seven times over in the crucible of purification. These seven process questions for all our conversation are basically seven yardsticks or standards for our conversation: Is our conversation pleasing to the Lord? Is it edifying to the listener in terms of building up his faith and hope? Does it communicate the love of Jesus to the hearers? Is our conversation truthful and helpful at the same time? Does our speech reflect the glory and grace of the Lord? Will we regret our words after some time? Are any of our words spoken in pride, condemnation, anger, bitterness or contempt? If we constantly and consciously practice these process questions over a period of the next few weeks, it would become a matter of automatic habit for the rest of our lives.