1 Timothy 1:3-4 Controversial Conversations

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work–which is by faith.” 1 Timothy 1:3-4

Evidently some people in Ephesus were teaching false doctrine and debating myths and genealogies. Paul tells Timothy to stay and command the people not to do these things. It was not just an urging or asking, but a command to stop.

People have their own personal beliefs on many different things. Many will have an extreme interest in one subject or another. There are some who know every little bit of information about the Star Wars movies before they even come out. They can tell you the who, what, why, where, and when of every movie.

Others can tell you all about a singer or group, or maybe some television show. Still others love to debate politics and what should or should not be done. Some, in the church, will debate (argue) various doctrines.

When people talk about these various things, they will hold very strongly to what they believe. They focus most of their time on that subject. It is all they talk about.

The problem is that often it creates controversy, especially in politics and doctrine. These studies and talks do not promote Jesus and salvation. It is not putting God’s work first. It does not advance the kingdom of God at all.

Devoting yourself to any of these things or something else that is not of God, is a waste of time and effort. These things are meaningless.

Why spend your time studying every detail of a movie? Or debating what should or should not be done in politics?

Take the time to tell people about Jesus. Talk about what God has done in your life. The details of the Bible are so vast that you could study them a lifetime and still not know it all. God’s love is so great you could give a speech for eternity describing it.

Think about what your conversations are about. Do they promote Jesus? Or do they promote the things of this world?

I pray today that God will be a part of all of your talk; that your talk will promote the kingdom of God; that your conversations will point people to Jesus; and that many people will see Jesus through you.

Colossians 4:5-6 Be Wise In Your Conversation

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6

Paul is bringing his letter to the Colossian church to an end. He finishes with telling the people to be careful in the actions and their words with outsiders.

Outsiders are the people who are outside the church. They are the people who do not believe in Jesus. Every believer is to be careful in how they act around these outsiders.

Watching the news and seeing how some believers act with non-believers, it does not show much wisdom. Many believers will slam non-believers and cut them down continually. They will berate them for their sinful acts. They will ridicule them for their beliefs (such as belief in evolution). They will shun them and have absolutely nothing to do with them.

Jesus did not do this. He was accused of eating with the tax collectors and sinners.

As a believer you must seek out opportunities to be a witness for Jesus. Being a witness is more than just pointing out sins and pointing to Jesus. It is reaching out in love and caring for a person, helping them as you point them to Jesus.

When you speak to them, it should not just be words of condemnation. There should be a lot of grace with truth. The non-believer lives like he does because that is all he knows to live like. He does not know any other way to live. Show them the life God can provide. Show them the love and mercy God has.

The world will give you opportunities to tell them why you live like you do and believe like you do. Seek those opportunities. Be ready to answer them with the love and grace of God.

Your speaking should be like that of Jesus. When Jesus spoke to non-believers He was gentle and kind. When He spoke with those who claimed to believe, but did not serve God, He was very harsh.

Does your conversation with others match that of Jesus? God will give you wisdom if you ask for it. Be wise in your talking.

I pray today that God will give you opportunities to touch the lives of non-believers; that God will give you His wisdom in what to say and do; that your conversations will be like those of Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.