Speaking Truth; April 8, 2019

1 Corinthians 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

This verse answers many mysteries in life. There are times when people can seem incredibly obtuse, not understanding a thing you say to them. That may be because you are speaking according to the Spirit, and they don’t have the Spirit to enable them to hear what is being said. The problem with this, however, is that sometimes we retreat into this explanation, when actually we were the one not making any sense. That’s why humility is always called for. As Paul said, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10) Pride certainly hinders the flow of the Spirit, in understanding and everything else. Jesus said in the Upper Room, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:12-13) One of the many important jobs of the Spirit is indeed to guide us into God’s truth, because our human minds can’t get there on our own. Accordingly, if you want understanding, seek to be filled with the Spirit! The way to do that is to recognize who God is and who we are. As it says in Proverbs, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) If we come to God in humility and gratitude, He will meet us where we are and take us to where we need to be.

I am a past master at “talking till I’m blue in the face.” I am a man of words, and I tend to feel that my words should be sufficient to get the point across. However, by themselves they seldom are. I am not to be puffed up, but always speak God’s truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15, 1 Corinthians 8:1) I am to recognize that I don’t always get it right, and that if it’s no more than my idea, it’s wrong to begin with. I am not to attack or accuse those who just don’t seem to get it, but rather pray that we all open our hearts to God’s grace and mercy. In my case, sometimes things seem to get lost between English and Japanese. Sometimes when I’m speaking one language I appear to be thinking in the other one! I am to seek the unity of the Spirit at all times, which of course means seeking that we all be filled with the same Holy Spirit of God.

Father, this is a major issue. I talk out of my own head far too much, and people are confused and/or hurt as a result. Forgive me, and help them forgive me. May I say only what You are saying, in Your love, so that the results may be what You desire, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
This entry was posted in Christian, encouragement, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s