Last week we spoke on the power of truth and tongue.
That the tongue is a mighty tool for the ultimate good (life) and a damning force for the ultimate evil (death). Death and life is in the power of the tongue. That truth, though offensive and dangerous, must be heralded. That we are commissioned to do so, even in the face of persecution, even unto death.
We admit that this is not something that we can do on our own, but that it is in the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of God that we are able to speak the truth.
This is a testimony to the need for constant and consistent communion with the Holy Spirit, for prayer, for the word of God, not just reading it but being saturated in it, bathing in it, being consumed by it.
When we speak we must be intentional, not haphazardly expatiating our ideas in an emotional or aggressive manner, but in love and in truth we must speak concisely and accurately.
To kick things off last week Jeremiah, who did an outstanding job mediating the round-table and keeping us on task, posed a question that was just crackling with energy and conviction:
“As Christians, should we publicly challenge every non-truth that we encounter in culture?”
If you have not had an opportunity to listen to episode 3 yet, I encourage you to listen, or re-listen (if you already have). Maybe even stop here, go and listen to episode 3 and then come back, I promise we won’t go anywhere. Well, I hope we won’t go anywhere… It is full of truth and scripture and love. It is a very encouraging hour as we here at the table challenge and wrestle with these things.
As we discussed things further in the following days, it was evident that there was more to be said here, more to challenge and to be challenged by.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it many, many more times, I’m sure: I am so grateful for these men who have carved out this time on a Friday afternoon to come and encourage and sharpen and love one another. My desire is that you who are listening would be just as inspired and edified by this as we are. We are called to love. To love our neighbor as ourselves. To love our enemies. To bless those that curse us. To do good to those that hate us. To pray for those who despise us and persecute us.
Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves and that this command is like unto the greatest command: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
Paul tells us in Galatians that: For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We are called to speak. We are called to love. We are called to truth.
How do we do this?
Join us this week as we discuss how to speak.
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