May 22, 2007 § Leave a comment
This text has really come home to me the last day or so. I have a tendency to engage in discussions that are unprofitable out of a motivation to defend my on personal “integrity” or in other words to “save face”. This is not a reason to be discussing the truths of God and his holy scriptures. It is sinful. A friend of mine reminded me of this text while we were discussing these types of encounters. It is so easy to get caught up in “being right” while perceiving oneself as defending the truth. So this text is my meditation for today.
Tit 3:8-11, “8 Faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire that thou affirm confidently, to the end that they who have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men: 9 but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A factious man after a first and second admonition refuse; 11 knowing that such a one is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.”
My prayer back to the Lord.
Father, I pray that you will constantly remind me of the truth of this text, least I find myself not defending your truth but rather my own pride. I ask for your forgiveness in Christ. Grant to me by the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be mindful of my own wickedness of heart. Teach me to rightly approach the discussion and debate concerning your word and truth. Teach me to ever have your glory in view not my own pride. Grant to me, Holy Spirit, a Christ like attitude and sincere concern for the souls of people and to always remember the grace I have received in Christ for his sake alone. All this I ask of you in prayer, Heavenly Father, in union with your Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West