“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
Many believers are timid about talking to unbelievers about Jesus. Timothy must have been that way. In today’s passage, Paul writes Timothy about his responsibility to share truth with others. The passage is beautiful in that it helps us to understand not just THAT we should share truth, but HOW to share truth with others. Meditate on the following thoughts and see how God might want to use this passage in your life:
Don’t be timid. Many don’t share truth because they don’t want to cause a break in a relationship. The reality is, many of the truths we decide not to share cause lives, families and even businesses to be destroyed. It is one thing for a person or situation to be destroyed by making a wrong choice; it is another to be destroyed because of ignorance. Truth sometimes hurts, but it always has the potential for life change (Proverbs 27:5-6)
Go in power. It is one thing to share the “truth of your personal preferences.” It is another to share the “truth of God’s word.” Gods Word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12), and any truth we share should be the unadulterated truth of God.
Go in love. Speaking the truth in love means we are going at it like God does… REDEMPTIVELY. Going redemptive means going to them like Jesus came to us (John 3:16-17). Do we want them to get fixed or do we want them to feel condemned?
Go with self-discipline. This relates to what Jesus said in Luke 6:41. Are you needing to share truth with someone who is about to “crash and burn” in one area of life, yet you have a different area of your life where you are about to “crash and burn?” It doesn’t mean you don’t share, but you need to share your struggles with sin also, and you can even use your willingness to change as an example for their need for change.
If we only had one month to live, we would want to speak the truth in love to those we knew were living in a way that cheapens life or destroys life. Is there someone or a situation in your life that God is calling you to speak to? Is someone trying to speak truth to you but you are “bucking up” under the guise of “judge not lest ye be judged?”
Talk to the Lord about his today. If you tend to be timed about sharing truth with those who need to hear, ask the Lord to help you tap into His power to be bold.