Friday, April 11, 2014

on speaking the truth

Hey friends! I hope your week has been splendid. I'm linking up with She Reads Truth again to be a part of #SheSharesTruth in order to connect with other women and share our thoughts on a passage of Scripture. This week's passage is 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 

So often it is easy to stay silent about the most important things. It is easier to sit still and keep your mouth shut when you want to save face. But living as a follower of Christ is not about saving face. It is about making Him known. Even when your desire to be well-liked is stronger than your desire to bring Him glory.

As an outgoing person, I find it easy to talk with others. I love learning about people's backgrounds and finding common ground with those who look nothing like me. But as a human being, I have times when I just want to be left alone. When I want to not be bothered and want to stay comfortable. Jesus never asks about my comfort, though. He doesn't want me to find strength in my perceived safety. He wants me to find strength in Him.



Not speaking words of truth can be an act of prideful disobedience. God has done great things for me, and I believe that it is worth sharing with others. So why don't I more often? Well, I worry about whether my words will come out right. Will I offend someone? Will I say the wrong thing at the wrong time?

All of the above are excuses in God's economy. Paul, the author of 1 Corinthians (and like, most of the New Testament,  #winning) writes to the people in Corinth to simply state that the Holy Spirit was the One who inspired them and breathed new life into them. Nothing he said could have made a difference if not given to him by God Himself.

So friends, when you find yourself in a situation where you know that you've got the words to say to someone that would help, encourage, or challenge them to look to or walk more like Jesus, say them. Our words, eloquent or uneducated, are not what save people. Jesus saves. So glorify Him in your speech and watch how people take note and are drawn to the Savior Himself.

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  2. I didn't write something bad ^^^ I just mixed up wording and it didn't make sense at all.lol!

    This is a verse that God just keeps putting in front of my face (I Cor. 2:2) . I have lead some devotions with different groups at church based on this passage. Wherever we go, whatever we do, above all else, God desires that whomever we come in contact see Jesus. We so often what to make a good impression or just fit in, but God calls us to make his name known at all costs.

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  3. I know that all too often I get caught up in the words that I forget who I am talking about! I am talking about Jesus Christ who laid down His life so that we can be saved. Thank you for reminding me that it is not me who saves but rather God and that provides so much comfort. I can forget about making the words sound pretty and perfectly put together and instead be real and stumble and Jesus will save these people.

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  4. I love this! It's about making Him known! Amen!!

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  5. I also think that we can glorify Him with our actions too. Sometimes it's not the words that is needed...it's actions. Love your inspiration today.

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    1. Yes, I so agree! Actions definitely speak louder than words! And the words we say can be a support and reinforcement for those actions. Well said.

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  6. This is so great! I have definitely been in that situation multiple times when I have worried too much about how to say what I want to say and have worried about offending the other person, or have been too afraid to say anything at all. And when I do that, I make it about me and not about God. Thanks for teh great reminder!

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  7. I absolutely love this!! We put so much emphasis on how WE are going to approach someone, or how WE are going to say the right words pulled from our knowledge. It's not about our knowledge or strength at all, but about what Jesus can do through us.Thank you for shining the light on this topic.

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  8. "He doesn't want me to find strength in my perceived safety. He wants me to find strength in Him

    I love this!

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