How do we talk to those we are trying to persuade? How do we talk to people in general? How do we talk to those with whom we disagree?
How do we want others to talk to us?
Delivering a message, especially God’s message, should be of primary importance to us.
The apostle Paul was a spokesman for God. He has some things to tell us about how he talked to others. It is found in 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. Below is a summary of what he says.
1. “We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.”
Open and honest handling the word of God correctly. That’s the way Paul determined to talk.
2. “When we set forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
God’s truths are universal. When we set them forth clearly and plainly, we commend ourselves to open and honest hearts.
3. “We recognize that the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, but we are trying to shine forth the light of the knowledge of God’s glory into the darkness of this world.”
4. “We do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord. We present ourselves as servants for Jesus’ sake.”
Let’s learn to talk better.