A Timely Word!

In the next day or two, I hope to suggest some good (and down-to-earth) books pointing out in more detail why our KJV is overwhelmingly accurate and reliable, and the not too obvious dangers in the slew of newer translations. I want to digress some today and offer a timely word. How do we defend Truth? Actually, in a sense, Truth is its' own best defense. However, I am concerned with the spirit in which we defend our core beliefs. I recall reading about a preacher who was wavering between Fundamental teaching and liberalism. He decided for liberalism because it appeared that some fundamentalists were harsh and insulting while some liberals seemed loving and gracious. There is, of course, more to it than that, but it highlights how important it is to be "….speaking the Truth in love,…." (From Ephesians 4:15). We can and should hold and defend the Truth with cast-iron resolve but do it in a well reasoned, and gracious way. We do not need to be harsh and cold, in order to be absolutely firm. We can and must be courteous , kind, and uncompromising. It is still true that most of the time you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Most brothers can be won over from error, when intelligently and caringly reasoned with, although it may require patience and time. We can also have times when we might be off base. How do we wish to be dealt with by a brother?  Selah!  Reflect on Paul's admonition to Timothy, "And the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,…" II timothy 2:24 (See also Verses 25-26.)   Ron

"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,……" (From Colossians 4:6)

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