Conviction and Plain Speech

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If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through God’s winepress where the grapes are crushed. You must struggle, experiment, and rehearse your words to express God’s truth clearly. Then the time will come when that very expression will become God’s wine of strength to someone else. But if you are not diligent and say, “I’m not going to study and struggle to express this truth in my own words; I’ll just borrow my words from someone else,” then the words will be of no value to you or to others. Try to state to yourself what you believe to be the absolute truth of God, and you will be allowing God the opportunity to pass it on through you to someone else.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, “December 15: Approved by God

This insight still holds. If you struggle to express your faith convictions, keep working at them until you can. And even though others have stated truths about life, faith, God, and the rest eloquently and well, they did not nor have not said it like you might say it.

Furthermore, there is an added power when such truths are stated not only in a unique voice, but in a way that is borne of conviction. Sanders adds, “Always make it a practice to stir your own mind thoroughly to think through what you have easily believed. Your position is not really yours until you make it yours through suffering and study.” Make your convictions truly yours, not just a parroting of another, so that when you speak your words may be offered “clearly and boldly.”