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February 10, 2013

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The Importance of Being Sincere in Sharing God’s Word

by Dave Malnes

The best way of teaching is to talk. Good teachers don’t read their lesson out loud, nor simply lecture. Their style is conversational, a meeting of minds, a dialogue that establishes a connection between the listener and the speaker. A good teacher shares with a sincere desire to create an environment of learning. The connotation of sharing means to inform a person about something that is personally important to them and to say so with assurance and conviction. Sincerity seems to be a linchpin in communicating an important truth to another.

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The Bible seems to suggest this as well. The Greek word in the New Testament that is translated as “sincere” basically means to not be double-tongued or not be hypocritical. “Love must be sincere,” implores the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Roman Christians (12:9). Love comes from a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5). A sincere heart desires to draw near to God and in turn, receives a full assurance of faith and is washed free from a guilty conscious (Heb 10:22). A sincere faith, a sincere heart, and sincere love are important components of the Christian life.

Sincerity could even be considered a fruit of the Spirit that can only be a result of remaining in Christ. It’s a natural outpouring of our trust in God’s promises. To speak or exhibit love without sincerity would be like blowing up a bridge and telling a person it’s safe to cross over. No wonder sincerity is an important part of sharing God’s Word. Its communicating a part of who we are in Christ and what we believe with all of our heart to be true.

Speaking the truth in love. There lies the interesting paradox in sharing God’s Word. It’s the power of God’s Word that saves and it’s the power of the Holy Spirit that works through us to share the message. God is doing it, yet asking us to do it. Furthermore, we are encouraged to do it with all of our heart and mind knowing we are working for the Lord. It takes courage to share our faith. It takes wisdom to know methods that seem most effective. It takes love to give a message of warning. This is what God desires from us and he provides the courage, wisdom, and love.

 

Speaking the truth in love is a means God uses to let God’s Word speak for itself. We leave the results to him.

“Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”  (2 Cor 6:2b)

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  1. Feb 10 2013

    Thank you for sharing this information in a very down to earth way. I think the key is near the end where you say we share the Word and leave the results to Him. He will come through : )

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    • Dave Malnes
      Feb 10 2013

      I couldn’t agree more, Joe. So often, we take either too much blame or sometimes too much credit in how a person responds. That’s not our work, nor business. We are just the messengers — and God takes it from there. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  2. Feb 10 2013

    This is why it’s so important for Christians to have relationships with all manner of people, not just other Christians. You won’t be able to really effect change in someone unless you have a relationship. Standing on a street corner with a sign or yelling out truth, is creating a barrier.

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    • Dave Malnes
      Feb 10 2013

      I agree. Due to unloving antics by well-meaning Christians, plus trumpeted displays of moral failures by prominent Christian leaders, extra work is required to build trust and credibility. I have always liked the phrase from a popular book a number of years ago, “Out of the salt-shaker and into the world.”

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