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Daily Bread

Gentle Speech 

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Gentle Speech 

The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome. 2 Timothy 2:24

I was on Facebook, arguing. Bad move. What made me think I was obligated to “correct” a stranger on a hot topic — especially a divisive one? The results were heated words, hurt feelings (on my part anyway), and a broken opportunity to witness well for Jesus. That’s the sum outcome of “internet anger.” It’s the term for the harsh words flung daily across the blogosphere. As one ethics expert explained, people wrongly conclude that rage “is how public ideas are talked about.”

Paul’s wise advice to Timothy gave the same caution. “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone” (2 Tiamothy 2:23-24).

Paul’s good counsel, written to Timothy from a Roman prison, was sent to prepare the young pastor for teaching God’s truth. Paul’s advice is just as timely for us today, especially when the conversation turns to our faith. “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth” (v. 25).

Speaking kindly to others is part of this challenge, but not just for pastors. For all who love God and seek to tell others about Him, may we speak His truth in love. With every word, the Holy Spirit will help us. Patricia Raybon

 

 

Why is it vital as a believer in Jesus to avoid arguing with others on the

internet (and in other contexts)? When you’re led by the Holy Spirit,

how does the tone of your comments — your heart — change?

Father God, when I’m speaking to others about Your truth — or other

interests — indwell my heart and tongue with Your love.

GOD

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