Questions

Written by cycleguy on August 31st, 2015

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Oops wrong one. See…if you don’t ask the right questions you can’t possibly get the right answers. Sunday (yesterday) I finished by asking some serious questions. I preached about Meekness (Gentleness in some translations although that would be wrong). My second part of the outline was Proof of Gentleness.

Example #1: God. I used Isaiah 40: 10a,25-26 as my backdrop. After explaining the meaning of the whole chapter, I led them to verse 11 where it describes God as a shepherd caring for his sheep by carrying them close to his chest.

Example #2: Jesus. I used 2 Cor.10:1 and Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus describes Himself as meek and humble of heart.

Example #3: Treating others with gentleness. It is here I asked 3 questions-questions I think are good for all of us to hear and answer.

  • Do people find me a safe place? Or am I so uptight and fiery they try to avoid being with me?
  • How do I present myself to others? Is my speech blunt or is it done with sensitivity and respect? Do I  show consideration to all?
  • Do I degrade, belittle, or gossip about others? When people are hurt, they don’t need shot at. The old saying is way too true: “The church is only army which shoots its own wounded.”

These questions should not be asked just concerning meekness, but rather at all times. How did you do?

 

11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    At times I am neither meek nor gentle (nor kind). I still have a long way to improve in these areas.

  2. Linda Stoll says:

    Superb questions, Bill. Let’s keep these front and center. Personally, professionally, as a community.

    Spot on, friend …

  3. Jeff says:

    It is not always my intention to leave them with the impression that I am meek and mild. I have different approaches for different circumstances and different people. I don’t degrade, belittle or gossip. That is for little people.

  4. I fail at those questions more than I care to admit. Though, I guess I just did.

  5. Good questions. I’ve learned a lot of meekness in the positions I’ve had in ministry. I still get blown away by the things people share, and it feels like such an honor that they would trust me with it, that I can carry it with them. That’s the beauty of community. Thanks Bill.

  6. Deb Wolf says:

    LOVE the questions. And you’re right we need to carry them with us and ask them often. Being winsome and kind is a lovely way to glorify God by showing people His love.

  7. Sharon says:

    I do try to be kind in my dealings with people. But it’s good to keep your questions in mind. For we all need to be careful of what we say and how we say it. I love Deb’s use of the word *winsome*! Isn’t that the truth?! A kind word, spoken at the right time, letting the Holy Spirit speak through us – well, that will probably “win some” to the Lord!!

    GOD BLESS!

    (And yes, that is my husband’s real mustache! Personally, I think it’s even better than Sam Elliott’s!!)