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Throwback Thursday: Witness During Suffering

 

WITNESS DURING SUFFERING

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you,

today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:43

No one has suffered greater than our Lord when He was nailed to a wooden cross to die for our sins. Yet, during His ordeal, He took the time and the strength to assure the thief on the cross of his salvation. Jesus had been severely beaten, bruised and wounded. His body was traumatized, but He made the effort to speak.

I thought about what it took just for Him to speak. He was in so much agony and every breath was difficult.

We can learn from our Lord’s selfless actions. We can witness to others during our trials. I never cease to be amazed when I hear a believer proclaiming the mercies of God rather than complaining about their situation. It blesses my heart to hear praises ascend to heaven as they thank God for entrusting them with a trial. It is wonderful when Christians use their hospital stay to witness to everyone who enters their room.

When we witness and praise God through our afflictions, we are glorifying God. We are also encouraging other saints. Even if they are not going through their own trial, they will remember your words and your attitude. The unsaved will hear and take notice that this is something different. They may see their need for salvation.

Our sufferings will never compare to those of our Lord. However, we can honor and glorify Him, encourage other believers, and spread the gospel. Remember His sufferings. Remember His words.

Lord Jesus,

Help us always witness to people, but especially when we are suffering. Prepare the hearts of those who we will come in contact with today to hear from You. Amen.DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 23:39-43.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Make a plan to witness to one new person this week.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

Speaking Through Silence

SPEAKING THROUGH SILENCE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

…that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 NKJV

Obedience exercises were our 6 AM ritual at guide dog school. One morning, they switched things. No talking. Really? We can’t say “Sit” or Stay”? Imagine our amazement when the dogs quickly obeyed our hand motions.

As students, we were not silenced concerning religion, but we had to be careful not to be preachy. The same rule applied to politics. Religion and politics are the two most controversial topics in existence.

I freely testified about my relationship with Jesus Christ, but I did not cross the line. I did talk the talk, but more importantly, I walked the walk.

How many times does our conduct fall short of our conversation? How many times do we zip our lips when there are no rules to confine us? How often do we choose to say nothing when we are free to say anything?

Examine your daily life. If you were unable to speak, would your character amplify the gospel? Are you sending conflicting messages? The sound of our silence drowns out a multitude of words.

Just like our speechless obedience class, I spoke through my actions and attitudes. Not so much the mouthpiece, but definitely the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. My presence at this school was God ordained, and He knew from the foundation of the world that I would need wisdom to rise to the occasion.

Upon my arrival home, I received a message from one of my classmates. They were grateful for my kindness and expressed appreciation for seeing the light of God shining through me. In a similar manner, my body language communicated “Down” to Iva (my dog), my walk spoke volumes to those who came in contact with me.

Consider the message you are sending through your actions as you go through the day. What message are you speaking through silence?

Lord Jesus, enable us to drown out the world’s messages with our silence and give us the wisdom we need as we speak of Your wondrous glories. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Romans 13:13, Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 4:1; 4:17; 5:8, and Colossians 1:10.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Prayerfully consider your speech and your conduct. Do they line up with each other? How can you walk more like Christ today?

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.