I am not a person where words flow easily when I speak or write. It takes time for me to get out what I want to say or write because the right words don’t come as quickly as I want them to. It looks like Solomon had the same concern.
“The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth” (Ecclesiastes 12:10).
Notice that Solomon looked for words that appealed to his audience, but at the same time, they had to be “words of truth.” That is a challenge for preachers, teachers, or anyone who claims to agree with the Bible. It is more common that preachers want to appease the audience rather than speak the truth which places them in the category of a ‘false teacher.’
Paul reminds us of two principles that should make us very careful about what we say and how we say it. “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). Notice that “speaking the truth in love” are words that result in spiritual growth. That is the normal outcome of biblical teaching and preaching.
He also warns of a tendency in our day; “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Timothy 4:3). We are in those days. If you follow this blog, I am confident that you do not fall into this category. May God help us to use words that gain the attention of others because they are words of “truth.”
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