|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation:
Our Bible verse for today: “Whenever they bring you before synagogues and rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you should defend yourselves or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said.” Luke 12:11-12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Sometimes the tone that needs to be changed is the silence.”
Increasingly today Christians are being silenced in the public arena. We’re being told to keep our beliefs to ourselves, or there are attempts to shame us into silence by portraying Biblical beliefs as archaic and silly. As a result, many Christians choose to be silent rather than face potential opposition or scorn.
This is not okay. We are commanded by Jesus to be His witnesses in the world. We are instructed to promote and contend for Biblical principles in an ungodly society. Granted, doing so can be risky, and it can cost us, therefore we need courage in order to speak up.
Sometimes we mistakenly believe that courage is the absence of fear. It is not. Courage is overcoming your fear and acting anyway. Courage is not letting the fear defeat you and hold you back from doing and saying the things that need to be done and said. Fear is a natural emotion experienced by everyone and it is actually a good thing. Fear alerts us to danger and causes us to be cautious. Courage is a choice to push past the fear and do what needs to be done – albeit cautiously, but taking action nonetheless.
In Luke 12:11-12 Jesus gave His disciples some instructions about what to do when they needed to have the courage to speak-up in situations where speaking-up would not be easy. He told them to rely on the Holy Spirit. He did not tell them to avoid such situations, or to remain silent in them in order to avoid the wrath of the listeners. He told them to look to the Spirit for courage and guidance and then to speak on His behalf. That’s the answer for us too.
Today we live in a society that is increasingly anti-Christian. In a land that celebrates “freedom of speech” Biblical speech is becoming increasingly unacceptable. Our response should not be to remain silent. We must speak-up with confidence and courage, but also with kindness and respect.
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