“If you cannot bring yourself to speak the truth without apology; speak nothing.” Frances Roberts
Have you noticed that people qualify so much of what they say before they even get to the point? In doing this, many lose what they are trying to say because before they say what they are saying, they lay a foundation in excessive words, which erodes clarity and authority. This post builds upon some other blog posts. A Clear Sound and Speak the Truth.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”(1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NKJV)
Knowing when to speak, when to be silent and how to even say what you want to say is directed by Holy Spirit. Wisdom navigates these waters in a clear path right through waves that threaten to capsize us in fear and compromise.
In my life, I know this. Truth always surfaces in some way, in some form. So, if I don’t focus on walking in my convictions (which may mean I am silent at times,) I will lose credibility when it is discovered that I am trying to cover my bases on all fronts. Some actually don’t care about honesty and make their living out of shifting and lying to gain the approval of man. What is equally dangerous is that many can’t even tell the difference. We need discernment along with wisdom.
Truth shifts to meet the demands of the moment. This is a dangerous place to be. Truth is absolute – absolutely in Jesus Christ. Truth is the overflow of a life hidden in Christ.
Many preach tolerance, justice and freedom but when I disagree with them, a double standard arises and they turn their heels to confront, challenge, and demean my belief system because it may be more conservative than theirs or diametrically opposed to theirs. For instance, I have firm beliefs about abortion and the pain it causes individuals through guilt and shame. I believe there is a better way, a more excellent way in Christ. Yet, at the same time, I have compassion for people’s weaknesses and fear in making this choice and in Christ, I love them through it all, without judgment or condemnation.
In speaking truth, I am weighing the cost to my own life. Yet, here’s the deal.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 16:25 NKJV)
Before I open my mouth now, I weigh what I am going to speak into the situation carefully, very carefully. Quite often, I know that voicing my convictions will do nothing but stir animosity. I choose to accept that or remain quiet for a designated time. I see the end from the beginning in being silent. In standing firm, I gain wisdom.
“Set not out upon a mission to convert the world to your convictions, but rather to hold you own convictions inviolable against the forces of the opposition. I will be with thee, and will keep thy mouth. Trust me” Frances Roberts