Another day to arise and shine for the Lord has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee. My beloved brethren in the Lord take God at His word and let peace reigns. It is a great day to be on the land of the living so receive of the Lord this morning.
Please turn with me in your Bible to the book of Proverbs 18:13-15 for our scripture reading
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
Before making a statement about any matter, we should be sure we have heard all the facts. It is foolish to make premature judgments. It can be costly, as well as embarrassing if our suppositions should turn out to be wrong.
Everyone in America seems to want to be heard on all kinds of issues, even if they know nothing about them. Talk shows and members of the media encourage people to voice their opinions for airing on television. This is not bad in some circumstances, but when a person is unaware of the facts about an issue, it is better than he or she not voice an opinion. Many people repeat something they heard someone else say, without having thought the matter through or researched it themselves. This is how rumours spread. I heard some stories and I often wondered where those people were, yet they report. One politician who couldn’t answer a question said to ask his opponent. Well was he ever true to the facts?
There is an old saying: God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we speak. God’s Word does instruct us repeatedly to be careful about what we say. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. (James 1:19).
Verse 14 – A broken spirit can destroy someone. Cruel words spoken repeatedly against a person can wear him down until he is unable to recover. It is very important that we build up our “spiritual man” by reading the Bible daily. This does the same thing for our spirits that eating good food does for our bodies; it builds us up, making us strong in God. When attacked by the devil through sickness, pain, the words of others, or any kind of trouble, we will be able to overcome by applying God’s Word to our situation. The Lord has provided the answer to every problem we face, so that we may be overcomers.
Verse 15 – The wise are continually learning. They truly seek God and ask Him to guide them into the knowledge and wisdom that they need in everyday life, as well as for the bigger problems they encounter. We all face trials and tribulations in life, but the Bible tells us not to worry. Jesus has made it possible for us to overcome. Furnishing us with His wisdom is one of the ways by which He has made this possible. Proverbs, like all Scripture, truly contains a wealth of wisdom for all who seek God diligently. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, we love and worship You today. Thank you for giving us the revelation of Your Word so that we may have the knowledge and wisdom we need daily as we walk in this world. Lord, help me to not to be one who thinks that I must speak about every situation that arises. Help me to guard my mouth and speak only when I can bless and edify others. Lord, I do not want to speak just to be heard. Lord, I ask You also to forgive me when I have spoken in-advisably and brought pain to someone because my words were not kind or loving. Fill my mouth daily and let me be a blessing in this world. Also, let me be a good listener as well and when I do give advice let it be Your Word that I speak. I ask this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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