An Aptly Spoken Word

 

I am so tired of one-size-fits all, stale, pat answers and blanket statements that sound empty even to my own ears.

Aren’t we, as Christians, called to model our lives after Jesus? Then shouldn’t we strive to do that in our daily relationships and conversations?

A quick observation of the gospels shows how He spoke to Martha differently than He spoke to Mary. Which was different from how He spoke to the woman at the well. He addressed the rich young ruler, the Pharisees, Nicodemus, the Canaanite woman, Zacchaeus  all differently. He did not hesitate to talk to “tax collectors and notorious sinners” (Luke 15:1, NLT)

What was His secret? Simple, He treated each individual with respect. He saw everyone as unique, valued, worthy of His attention. He knew each one longed to be treated as such. Not another face in the crowd, not dispensable. He realized each had distinctive life experiences and  needs. One-size-fits all was not in His nature!

He never wasted words, always getting to the heart of the matter.Then, as now, we tend to mask our real issues. His encounter with the ‘woman at the well’ is an excellent blueprint. Gently peeling back the layers of her life to minister to her deepest need.  (see John 4)

His words could be very direct but never brutal, always intent on bringing healing, restoration, and truth;  Always filled with compassion and love. He wept at Lazarus’ tomb and over Jerusalem and its hypocrisy. The truth may hurt but never bring lasting harm.

I long to converse and connect as Jesus did! 

An aptly spoken word is like apples of gold in settings of silver, Proverbs 25:11, is my prayer! 

Lord, grant wisdom and discernment to speak appropriately! To treat everyone I encounter with respect, realizing how much You love them! Everyone is redeemable, no one is beyond your ability to restore! May my words have and give value! As I speak God’s truth with love and compassion, may my words encourage and give hope! May conversations point others to you and bestow  beauty, life and peace!   Help the broken, the hurting, the questioning, the lost receive The Word! Amen!

We can love and help our neighbors, we can impact our sphere of influence and the world simply with our words. Jesus did. Go and do likewise!

 

Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!

Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!

A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word.

Praise

When lack of understanding

overruns my faith

I will draw near to you with praise.

 

When anxious thoughts threaten

to sweep away my peace

I will be still before you and praise.

 

When wearied of the burdens

and joy is nowhere to be found

I will seek your presence with praise.

 

When all around is chaos

and lies are the loudest sound

I will rest beside your still waters and praise.

 

When all is said and done

matters come what may

I will trust in your loving goodness

and

With all my heart I will praise.

 

Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!

Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!

A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word.

Can I Trust The Bible?

We’ve all heard the critics. The Bible is archaic with outdated ideas. It’s been through too many translations, which one is correct? It’s just a bunch of myths with no merit. Can it be trusted? These are just a few comments about Bible reliability.

Let me offer a few facts about the Bible.*

It was written over a period of 1600 years and
has more than 40 writers, including kings, military leaders, fishermen, farmers and a doctor.
It was written on 3 continents, in 3 languages, on controversial subjects which
include history, poetry, genealogies, parables, letters and prophecy.
It employs common literary devices such as symbolism, metaphors, similes, hyperboles, and sarcasm.
It connects Old Testament and New Testament with over 300 fulfilled prophecies in the birth, life, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus.

In all this it is constant in its worldview, teachings and God’s unfolding story of man’s fall and redemption!

In addition, there are over 5,000 copies of the New Testament. More than the writings of Caesar, Aristotle, Plato, Homer and many more combined.

II Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

The Bible can be trusted because, though it was written by men in their own style, God was guiding the content and accuracy.
The Bible records stories of man at his best and at his worst. It has been said that man could never have written it alone because he would have taken out all his own flaws and mistakes.

The Bible can be trusted because it provides absolutes for us, allowing each one to live a life pleasing to God.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

The Bible is not just another book. It is alive! Evidence of this is found in the innumerable lives changed for the better by following its teachings.

Yes, it has been misused by people for personal gain and ideology. There are multiple warnings about this in scripture. We cannot control what other people do. We can only search for ourselves, with a sincere heart for truth. Almighty God himself has given and kept his Holy Word through all generations. He still speaks through it today and we have his promise:
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)

So, can the Bible be trusted? Let me answer that with a resounding YES!

*There are many more in depth resources on this available online. Bible.org is one I like.

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Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!
Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!
A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word

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