Friday, December 23, 2005

Trustworthy Talk (Part 7 of 10)

The legacy of Bethlehem and Pentecost is a world of trustworthy talk. Trustworthy talk correlates word and deed. It is speech that elevates others and seeks to serve them. It is talk that respects the freedom and dignity of others. Trustworthy talk creates a community based on love and trust. There are at least four forms of talk that are trustworthy.


Testimony

Testimony is talk that gives honest and open expression to experience and understanding. It risks exposing one?s self to ridicule, rejection and persecution in the hope that others will be receptive and responsive to a word that is truthful and trustworthy. It speaks with the hope of extending the community in which persons can grow to become responsible and mature.

Testimony increases the level of trust in a community by always speaking the truth. It reduces the level of suspicion by speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:14-16) Whenever called upon to testify against sin and error, the faithful witness always speaks without vindictiveness and with integrity, discretion and respect.

Testimony is Paul speaking about his conversion experience and call to ministry before King Agrippa (Acts 26).

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