God has given each of us a voice.
Reference: “This is my defence to those who sit in judgment on me.” 1 Corinthians 9:3 NIV
Explore: We don’t always get it right. And people don’t always see us clearly.
You don’t have to live long before someone will accuse you of something or think less of you. Sometimes this happens behind your back without you knowing, other times it is directly to your face.
Often as Christians we are taught to be nice and to “turn the other cheek”. But that doesn’t mean we are to be walked over.
As long as we stay respectful to the person we are addressing, there is no harm in explaining our position. When it comes to conflict resolution, keeping with statements that centre on “I” (I feel, I think, I believe) can help your rebuttal from becoming accusative.
Application: Paul brings forth a very intelligent argument when addressing one of his church plants in 1 Corinthians 9. He reminded me that it’s ok to stand up for what you believe is right and fair.
God has given each of us a voice. Often we use it to whinge or complain or gossip.
In fact, every day we make choices as to what we do with our voice. But often we miss the opportunity to speak up and stand up for ourselves and others.
We may miss the opportunity to share what we believe. We may miss the opportunity to build up another person.
We all have a voice but we can all choose to use it how we like. How will you use your voice today?
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for blessing us with our voices. May we use it to bless and build up rather than tear down and torment. Amen.
How will you use your voice today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.