Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Godly Conversations

This morning we had our weekly Men's Bible Study. We are going through a book by Douglas Bond called "Fathers and Sons: Stand Fast". This chapter in particular really struck me. We talked about godly conversations.

When you are talking with your friends, and an unbeliever happens to be listening in, would this be something different for him? In other words, would he see that you have joy in Christ? Or would he simply see what he sees everyday at school? I tend to find myself wanting to talk about things other than Christ.

Whatever is in your heart, that is what you are going to talk about. For example, if I talked to you about movies, my heart isn't in the right place. Obviously movies are an idol for me. But if someone talks to you about Christ, that means that they put Christ first, which is a good thing.

If someone talks to you about Christ, you are probably going to respect that person. I would say that they would be a friend who lifts you up. That is why we need to be careful in the friends that we choose. Some of them may pull us down while others lift us up. Oftentimes, then tendency is to think that we will lift them up by being around them so it's O.K. to have a lot of friends that pull you down. However, it's a lot easier to be pulled down than lifted up. In all probability, you will be pulled down.

To summarize, be careful where your conversation goes with someone else. If it goes somewhere you think it shouldn't (i.e. gossip), steer it in another direction. Change the subject or something like that.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Stand Strong!
Stephen B.