Expressing God’s Word, Or Opinions?

July 12, 2012

Friends,
Prov. 18:2 says, “A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in expressing his own opinions.”

The platforms for expressing one’s opinions these days are numerous, and some of these exist on T.V., in churches, and on blogs. It’s really quite disgraceful the worldly opinions given out to anyone and everyone. People often seem to have no regrets as they air the foulness of their hearts, reveal their rage against God and righteousness, boast about their shameful thoughts and conduct, and just take up time talking about frivolous, silly, and/or untrue things. Proverbs has a term for such people.

Some people’s words will last a long time –tucked away in some book, movie, CD, or memory. But even then, what effect did it come to have on others, and on themselves? If it was their own opinion, it has created nothing of good lasting value. It has either fallen by the wayside, or the evil realm has glorified it and spread havoc. I’m thinking now of the many false teachers, evil dictators, racists, and perverse men the earth has endured down through the centuries.

What, though, is the one thing which will endure forever and whose fruit is always good? It is “the living and enduring Word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23b) This living and active Word (Heb. 4:12), which is also called “the Sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17) is what births in us the imperishable seed of Eternal Life. (1 Peter 1:23a) Only when this has happened, and only when we abide in Him in full health (without withering through disobedience –see John 15:1-6), do we have anything to say that will bear good lasting fruit. (See John 15:16)

Those of us who teach and write should be very careful that our statements are not our own opinions, but are statements completely supported by the Truth found in God’s Word. As Scripture says, all men and their glory wither, fade, and fall like grass and flowers (Isa. 40:6-8 // 1 Peter 1:24,25), but it is the Word of our God / the Word of the Lord which stands, endures, and rises forever. (same verses) This is why, if we speak or write, we should do so only as speaking the very words of God. (1 Peter 4:11) Even if we teach about non-spiritual things, we should be sure our teachings come from a spirit soaked in God’s Word so that what we say is pure, noble, kind, excellent, beneficial, and true. If we, or those we are reading or listening to, are not speaking thus, we should stop the flow by shutting our own mouths, putting down our pens, turning the knob to “Off”, and/or refusing to visit such chattering sites.

For if Jesus taught that we are going to be held responsible on the Day of Judgement for every careless word we spoke (Matt. 12:36,37), as well as every idea we allowed to swirl around in our heads (v. 28) by what we brought in through our eyes (v. 29), as well as our every hidden deed (Ec. 12:14 // 2 Cor. 5:10), motive (1 Cor. 4:5), and secret (Rom. 2:16), will we not be judged on everything we read, listened to, taught, and blogged about? We certainly will. (1 Tim. 4:16 // James 3:1) For every person who participates in ungodly chatter, even if he is “merely listening in”, is endangering his own attitude and spirit, and thus his eternal soul. (1 Cor. 15:33 // 1 Tim. 6:20,21)

Therefore, what manner of people ought we to be? –Holy. How should we conduct ourselves? –Holy. And in what should we be continually training ourselves so that we can rise to this level? –God’s Holy, Enduring Word. For only there will we find complete knowledge, wisdom, self-control, purity, and understanding –as well as discernment as to which other writings and teachings are worthy of our attention and time.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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