Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Words are Powerful Tools

Don't let people waste time in endless speculation over myths and spiritual pedigrees.  For these things only cause arguments; they don't help people live a life of faith in God. (1 Timothy 1:4 NLT)

   Paul in his instructions to young Timothy urges the use of words that encourage true worship and avoid the distraction of meaningless speculations that lead to false teaching.  Words are the medium by which the good news of the gospel is spread.  We all know that communication tools can be easily abused.  It is imperative, therefore, that our words be grounded in Scripture, and filled with love.  Such words must sometimes be strong and corrective, but never belligerent or domineering.

   All believers are called to ministry.  Each person in the body of Christ has a different role, but we all have the same focus: Jesus the Savior of all is our only hope.  All of us have the responsibility to share this hope truthfully with the world around us.

   Paul urged Timothy to stay faithful, be strong and fearless, and to encourage people -- advice well worth our following.


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