Have you ever noticed how long it takes a golfer to line up his shot? It takes one millisecond to hit the ball, but 10 minutes to figure out the exact way to execute the perfect shot. This is the approach I feel we should adopt when making the case for our beliefs.
The golfer knows exactly at what point and angle he is hitting the ball, AND he knows exactly where he wants it to go. So, he takes precious time to figure out how to get the ball where it needs to go. We, too, many times get all hyped up in emotions and just blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. Then, of course, we feel the need to defend those words even though it is not what you meant. I feel like we fall into this self-trap many times. It is a fixable problem, though. It all comes down to our approach.
James 1:19 says it this way, “19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”
There are many situations right now as Christians we should be standing firm and announcing what we believe to be truth and condemning actions. But, if we want anyone to listen you have to present Gods truths in a way that is teaching and forgiving rather than condemning and prideful to people. What you may have to say may be straight from the heart of God, but if your motives and speech are derogatory or hateful you are ruining your point. Later on, James says if we cannot control our tongues our religion is worthless. If we want our beliefs to be accepted we need to bring the truth with love.
Stand firm in your beliefs. Listen to what God is telling you to say. Ask Him for direction on how to lay it out to people. Take time as much time in your approach as you do on your fact checking. He will show you ways to speak to people. Our end goal should not be “I am right and you are wrong;” our end goal should be to open others’ eyes and hearts to the truths of God and how He can change their lives in an amazing way.
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