Use Much Speaking to Edify
- Date: August 14, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.” (1 Timothy 3:11)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
First Timothy 3:11, talks about the wives. It says the wives of those that are spiritually mature are the wives that are able to teach their children and train them up in the home. A good wife is not a slanderer, is sober, her life is disciplined and discreet. You'll notice the one thing that's spoken here about the wives and women in general as you look at so many of these different areas that's very interesting. Whether he's speaking about the busybodies in 2 Thessalonians 3:11 and 1 Timothy 5:13 or this comment that he makes here in 1 Timothy when he's talking about women that are able to stand alongside their husbands and provide edification to the body of Christ and strength to the ministry of the fellowship. As you'll see in these passages the one contributing factor to a busybody is idleness; people that have too much time on their hands. There's just too much sitting around and multitude of words.
And he admonishes them, "You know what you need to do? You need to work." Men, you need to go out and get jobs; ladies, you need to keep your homes. But the more idle time there is, the more multitude of words that we just sit around and talk; there wanteth not sin. I'm not saying don't fellowship; I'm saying let's have koinonia. Let's talk about the good things that God is doing. Let's discuss the Word of the Lord, let's talk about what He's just spoken to our hearts, what He's revealed to me about me. "Let me share with you what God just revealed, I didn't even know this was in my heart, and God showed this morning, and here's a verse that He gave me, and here's the comfort He gave me while He is chastening me. And I just want to comfort you with the same comfort wherewith I have been comforted and lift up one another's hands and go away having been ministered to in grace". How much better would that time be, than so much of what occurs in our midst?
He talks about the inappropriate conversations that are talebearing, if you please. The Scripture talks about talebearers, slanderers. You know, I said we're not in as much of a problem there, though it can translate over into that when we begin to start reading into other people's motives. We start implying that somehow what they are doing is wrong. And you can't find any Scripture to substantiate it, it's just your opinion. It's just the thinking of yourself too highly that what you think is truth. The way you do things is infallible.
I mean, let's at least minister what Jesus said when they were observing other ministries and said, "Look, if they're not against us, leave them alone". If what's being done is not false doctrine, if you can't find Bible for it, then just leave it alone! We're all working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, aren't we? The word "talebearer" is a very interesting word. If you study it out, you'll find out that it means a "whisperer." These are things that are whispered; they're done in darkness; it's not necessarily something that you would want to speak in a gathering of children of light. I would encourage you that if you happen to be someone that everybody likes to confide in, you might want to look at your heart as you become that depository for people's hatred and envy and jealousy and strife. If you're that person that can be trusted to remain in darkness, "I can trust them to stay in darkness. I can share this with them because they'll keep it in darkness." See it for what it is: a whisperer; a scandalmonger is one phrase. Or, one who just carries about, they just take up the story, a blogger. Carry it about, just pass it on down the line.