“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer.” ~Paul in his second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:15-17)
We live in a world filled with the chattering voices from all walks of life. Everyone has an opinion, and in today’s society it is increasingly easy to share. Social media has created a forum allowing words and ideas to go viral in a matter of moments. The trouble is, far too many fail to heed the responsibility that comes with it.
As a writer I carefully consider the tremendous power of words, knowing they can build up, tear down, ignite passion or stifle. When I was much younger I had a bit of a poison pen, often failing to consider the impact words might have in longevity. It’s difficult to take back things that have been spoken or written in the moments of youthful thinking. Although I have always endeavored to present truth, the nuances of presentation have often escaped me. When writing it can be difficult to generate a precise message where voice inflection would do so if speaking. I can add italics or bold type for emphasis, but the message can still be misinterpreted.
For this very reason I find it enormously important to be wise and discerning when presenting biblical truth. I want to be ever careful that it is God’s word that comes through clearly. Prefacing statements with the words “in my opinion” hopefully gives reader’s insight into how I think about something or how it has affected my thinking. The overall message I want to remain is God’s truth.
That is why it is ever important for me to spend significant time quietly seeking His face, reading His word and praying. There are numerous good Bible studies and wonderful teachers, but my favorite times are when I take my Bible, my concordance and my journal and ask God to teach me His truth. I love James 1:5 where it tells me “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” My Father in heaven has been gracious in teaching me.
I write today to encourage any of you who may read this to be careful. Consider wisely what you read, what you speak and what you write. More than anything cautiously filter everything through God’s word. I am confident in doing so you will know the truth.
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ Jesus in John 8:31,32