Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Then justice will inhabit the wilderness, and righteousness will dwell in the orchard. The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever.” Isaiah 32:16-17 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Have a quiet sense of confidence”
This morning I want to share with you another excerpt from my new book “Getting Along without Going Along” (it should be released this month).
I love the scene described in Isaiah 32:16-17. The prophet was painting a picture of the Messianic Kingdom. He was explaining that at that time righteousness and noble values will reign, and that will produce in God’s people a quiet sense of confidence.
Yesterday I explained how impressed I was with the tone that was set at the conference on sexual ethics I attended. Even though the subject was serious and difficult, the tone was friendly and kind, compassionate and even upbeat. One reason it was that way was because the conference leaders and attendees had a quiet sense of confidence. They had taken the time to prayerfully think through the issues and they did their homework, so they were thoroughly familiar with both sides of the issues. That then gave them a quiet sense of confidence. Because they were sure of what they believed and why they believed it, they were able to calmly and rationally discuss the issues without getting upset or defensive. We need more of that.
Far too many Christians do not have enough accurate information to enable them to feel confident explaining their beliefs or discussing the difficult issues. That lack of confidence often leads people to feel insecure and defensive. That then sometimes leads to the use of overheated language. Please don’t come across as hard-hearted, mean-spirited, or insensitive. Doing so won’t win any arguments. It will only further inflame the situation and it will actually drive people away rather than drawing them near.
My goal in the book is to provide the reader with enough accurate information so that you will feel confident discussing the issues with those who may disagree with you. The starting place should always be compassion, kindness and love. Then move-on to some basic Biblical truths. Finally, be ready to give good answers to some of the more difficult questions (there is an entire section in the book dedicated to providing good answers for the difficult questions which often come up in any discussion about sexual ethics).
When you have taken the time to do your homework and you therefore know what you believe and why you believe it, you will have a quiet sense of confidence. Then you will be much more likely to stay calm, kind, and respectful as you discuss the issue with those who disagree with you.