My Peace and Understanding Through God
The Search for Understanding
A few years ago, I stepped down from an honorable position. At the time, I felt my teachings were vague and I didn't feel called to teach from an organized literature book. Instead I wanted to teach from the Bible and my heart. After stepping down, I felt empty. My life hasn't been the same. I enjoyed spreading God's word through my college Sunday school class. I am currently in a position now at work where I work on Sundays and I cannot attend church. This puts me in a stronghold to be a better servant of God.
A Light at the End
I believe the answer to my problem and anyone with a similar problem is found in the word of God. I will write this as I understand it. A fore warning: this may be offensive to some. This is called guilt. If we embrace the truth, we can find peace and understanding beyond our own hearts. I have found peace and some understanding in message titled, "How to Keep Your Foot Out of Your Mouth." This was originally taught by Pastor Michael D. O'Neal of Gospel Light Baptist Church down in Albany, GA. I have added my thoughts on the subject throughout the message.
Learning to Speak
We must first begin by speaking profitable words. We begin in 1 Corinthians 7:35. The word says, "And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction." There are three things here, I believe God is pointing out: saving the lost, serving God and strengthening the weak. When we speak for God or we say we are speaking for God, we must ask ourselves-"Is this for the purpose of saving the lost, serving God or strengthening the weak?" Read the word of God for the answer.
Next, we must have pure thoughts and in turn speak words that are pure. Psalms 12:6 tells us, "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." In Ephesians 4:29, it says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." If we are to "quote God", what is the best way? Scripture of course. Scriptural language must be used as much as possible. We should also use spotless and saintly language. How are we suppose to witness with a dirty tongue? This does not make our words appealing. It only stains the Word we are attempting to share and does nothing for the mission of God.
The Three "P's"
What words are to be used when we are speaking for God? "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. He who makes waves must be prepared to swallow salt water. Make your words sweet; you may have to eat them." Proverbs 16:24. Pleasant starts with a "P", so to remember how to speak we should remember the three "P's". Our words should: Praise God; Point toward God; and Promote what God is doing. If we choose our words wisely, we may offend others but not hurt them. God's purpose can be fulfilled.
Lastly, when we present the Word of God, we must come prepared. Before a speaker begins to speak to an audience, he has his words prepared. We must to the same. Our words will be used against us. We must choose them wisely. Proverbs 18:13 says, "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. " Continuing to Proverbs 15:28, "The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things." To be well prepared, we must fill our hearts with scripture. As we speak, we should focus on doing right and not doing what makes us feel good. Speaking to a group of people can be nerve racking. It can sometimes cause a turning in our stomachs as an effect of the nervousness; therefore, we must find God's will for the conversation.
For more spiritual guidance, see my article on Paul's Letters to the Romans.
Do you agree?
Is it possible to find peace and understanding through God?
© 2014 E Matt Howerton