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How to Deliver Truth

Love is the license to speak truth

            Sharing the truth of God’s word is an important part of the Christian life. At some point we responded to truth and made a decision to follow Christ and now we have a responsibility to share that truth with others so they will have the same opportunity that we had. With that new responsibility we should keep in mind the manner in which we deliver that truth.

           Truth is received in the manner it is delivered. The Word of God is truth. It is also a sword, a double edged one at that. Truth should never be delivered with the intention of “straightening someone out,” or “correcting someone.” Scripture is profitable if it is delivered with the right heart. If it is delivered with wrong motives it can actually drive people away from God instead of drawing them to Him. This is a real problem in our generation.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This passage is repeatedly misused to justify Bible bashing, finger pointing, and a judgmental approach to correcting people in the name of God. A self-righteous assault on people is a reproach on Christ and opens one up to the influence of religious spirits. Not to mention hurting the one we are supposed to be helping.

          Notice that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God.” God is love according to 1 John 4:8

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Therefore, all scripture is given by the inspiration of Love. When the Word of Truth is shared it should be inspired by Love.

          If the delivery of truth isn’t inspired by Love it is NOT profitable for doctrine, it will NOT reprove, it will NOT correct, it will NOT instruct, it will NOT complete, and it will NOT equip. It just cuts, and it cuts deep. Love is the license to speak truth. If we don’t have genuine love and compassion in our hearts toward the ones we are speaking to, we have lost our license to speak on God’s behalf.

            I really love a perfectly cooked rib-eye steak. It may be my favorite food in the world, but if it is served to me wrapped in a dirty diaper I am not going to eat it. It’s the same with delivering truth. The word of God is so powerful it can change a life, but it must be palatable, seasoned with salt, full of grace, and delivered in sincere love for it to be received.

   If we are not imparting God’s grace, communicating God’s heart, and being a vessel of God’s love, we should remain silent. If we can’t correct that on the spot, we may need to stop and reschedule the conversation for another time, giving us time to pray or seek council from another leader.

“Don’t be pressured into speaking when you know your heart isn’t right.”

            There is a simple rule that will keep us from a myriad of problems if we apply it.

“When you speak, be sure it’s an Improvement on Silence.”

            Following this rule does a few things,

  • It slows down the conversation and keeps us mindful of the power and purpose of our words.
  • It diffuses conflict that arises from elevated emotions.
  • It teaches us the value and power of silence.
  • It gives us greater control over ourselves and the entire situation.
  • It allows us time to hear from our heart what the Holy Spirit is saying in the situation.

   Personally, I believe this is what was happening in John 8:1-11 when Jesus was writing in the sand with His finger while everyone pressed Him for an answer to judge the woman caught in adultery. I think Jesus was simply giving His heart time to tell His mouth what to say.

            Not being willing to speak until He heard from the Father is a lesson that every leader should take to heart. There are few worse feelings than knowing we have hurt one of God’s children with our words.

            As leaders, we think before we speak, selecting words that nurture and build up rather than tear down and destroy. When faced with hostility we speak gently to diffuse anger and emotions rather than feed them. When faced with uncertainty, we are slow to speak, letting silence speak to the person and God speak us.

“Godly communication isn’t merely a skill; it is a discipline.”

Building Faith in your Children’s Heart ~*Confessions for Children to Speak*~

          Speaking the Word of God is a HUGE deal with me. The reason it is so important, and I put so much emphasis on it, is because I know the impact it has had on my life. I have also seen the difference it makes in people’s lives when they get a hold on biblical confession and begin to understand the power of words.

          There is a scripture that I confess over my children that has inspired me to put together some confessions for children to speak. The passage that inspired me is this:

Isaiah 59:21 – God said that this is His covenant with me: His Spirit that is upon me and His words which He has put in my mouth, will not depart out of my mouth, nor out of the mouth of my seed, nor out of the mouth of my seed’s seed.

It occurred to me that for the Word to not depart out of my seed’s mouth, it must first be in there. So I have put these confessions together for children to speak and memorize.

          This will help kids learn God’s Word. As they confess what God says about them, their confidence will grow. By realizing who they are in Christ, they will be able to stand against all the tricks of the enemy that plague our young generation today.

          These simplified paraphrases of God’s Word should be spoken out loud. Not parroting, mindless reading of words on a page, but spoken to the Father in faith, and aware that you are speaking to Him and agreeing with what He has already said about you. This is prayer, this is fellowship, this is relationship. Be conscious of His love for you and His presence as you pray the word.

PRAY THIS:

~ Father, You are the strength of my life. I can do all things through your son Jesus Christ who strengthens me. (Psalm 27:1 – Philippians 4:13)

 ~ I am taught of You Lord, I am led and instructed by You Holy Spirit and great peace belongs to me. (Isaiah 54:13)

 ~ I thank Heavenly Father, because You always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus. I am a winner! I am an overcomer! (2 Corinthians 2:14)

 ~ I love God, with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and I love others because Jesus first loved me. (Ephesians 5:2 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

  ~ I will fear no evil for you are with me Lord, your Word and your Spirit comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

 ~ I trust in You Lord with all my heart and I do not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You, and I am confident that You are directing my path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 ~ Father, I thank you for my family, I will always respect and obey my parents so I will have a good long life. (Exodus 20:12)

 ~ Thank you Lord, for the angels that watch over me. Any weapon the devil throws at me will not work. (Isaiah 54:17 – Psalm 91:11-12)

 ~ Thank you Lord, that you never leave me alone or give up on me. (Hebrews 13:5)

 ~ Father, the sword of the spirit is Your spoken Word. When I say what You say about me, it brings me life and makes me strong. It builds my faith and sets my thoughts in agreement with You. (Psalm 119:130 – Ephesians 6:17)

 ~ I think on the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. If there is any virtue or praise, I think on these things. I am a doer of Your word God, and Your peace is always with me. (Philippians 4:8-9)

 ~ I love You Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and I love my neighbor as myself. (Mark 12:30-31)

 ~ Father, because Your love is in my heart, I am patient and kind. I do not envy or brag and I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not selfish, I am not easily angered and I forgive when someone does me wrong. I do not like evil but I rejoice in the truth. I believe the best of every person. I always protect, trust, hope and persevere. I never fail because Your great love is in my heart. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Romans 5:5)