Truth and Wisdom – Our Internal GPS – Navigating Treacherous Seas

“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. 

TruthWisdom is key to navigating treacherous waters of fear of man and compromise. And again, wisdom is not some ethereal concept. Wisdom is found in Christ. Wisdom is Jesus.

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)

stockfresh_141486_flaming-heart_sizeXSI find my life as I lose my life in Christ. In doing this there is no internal division or internal strife tearing me apart because I compromised my own beliefs.

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

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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One thought on “Truth and Wisdom – Our Internal GPS – Navigating Treacherous Seas

  1. Yes, the Holy Spirit will let us know when to speak, when to be silent and even how to say what we are to say. All that God lets us know does not give us the right to say so. Sometimes God will let us know something for wisdom and discernment. We are to speak forth as He directs not as we feel we should speak forth. We are to do it in His timing not ours.

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