“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
Paul used wisdom in his ministering: “Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.” (2 Corinthians 13:10) Paul was interested in winning the saints/souls to the truth and so proceeded prayerfully in God’s wisdom.
It’s the self-righteous novice who believes he has to blast every person he speaks to with no regard for the person. Such a person is deceived and under the false notion that he is pleasing God by just putting for the Word of God, even though he has no regard for how it will be received.
“What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” 1 Corinthians 9:18-23
We can observe here that Paul’s goal was to glorify God by WINNING others to Him, not matter what they were caught up in. “He that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
Here is a nugget of divine wisdom we pray the LORD incorporates into our own lives….. watch how Paul did what it took to win everyone …. he become all things to all men that he might win them to Jesus….. it’s a different approach with each person, never compromising the truth but rather speaking His truth in His love …. “And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but PRIVATELY to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.” (Galatians 2:2) …. the wisdom by which we approach individuals will determine how much God can use us in their lives.
Biblically speaking, boldness is not brashness or being obnoxious. In fact, those who act brashly in their ministering are still full of self. Being unnecessarily harsh is a bad witness. Boldness is simply being fully confident in Christ and not being ashamed. Boldness should be married with great joy, grace, mercy, and love.
This is an important passage in being used of the LORD ….. “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:24-26) … Think about it: If someone is so full of the devil and his lies and you who claim to be so full of the LORD…. is it not your place to have longsuffering with them as Jesus did with you, coming to die while you were yet a sinner? (Romans 5:6,8)
The Bible says that “the righteous are bold as a lion” and not that “the righteous are brash as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1)
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
It seems obvious by reading the whole verse above, that Christ-glorifying boldness means one is grounded and confident in Christ and not timid or fearful. They are meek and temperate and settled in an abiding relationship with Jesus and therefore live free from sinful fear which is cast out by God’s love (1 John 4:16-18).
When God’s boldness is in a person through a rooted relationship with Christ, the 9 fruit of the Spirit will be manifesting (John 15:1-16).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-24
The fruit of the Spirit, proving one is truly in Christ, is only produced out of a crucified life (Galatians 5:22-24).
Father, in Jesus’ holy name, please instill yourself deeply in us this day. Let our whole identity be Christ. Steep and season in us Thy grace, truth, and love LORD Jesus.
The prayer of the early church was for divine boldness. Note that they were dependent upon the LORD, seeking Him before they went out and during that whole time they were being persecuted. When under great persecution, having just been beaten for Christ, the apostles cried out to Jesus.
“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ our LORD, we ask You to grant Your people Christ-like boldness which is full of grace and truth. Quicken us in those times of persecution, to cry out to Thee for Your strength and boldness. Please keep us from misrepresenting You – from using Your holy name in vain. Bless me to be crucified with Christ, truth. In Jesus’ name.
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