2 Peter 1:20, 2 Peter 2:16, city set on a hill, cloak of maliciousness, communication, Genesis 3:1, God's Word, Isaiah 55:11, James 3:5, Matthew 5:14, Matthew 5:37, private interpretation, serpent, tongue, wilderness
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
The word we see translated as communication in the English, in this verse, is a word that is used to describe the words spoken by God. So we are being instructed to repeat the Word of God exactly as He has said it. Thus we see why 2 Peter 1:20 was written, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” No wonder we read in the scriptures where the Torah was read unto the people. It is the business of the Spirit of God to illuminate my mind and convince and convict me of the truth.
Tell it like it is, speaking the truth in love. Then leave it in God’s hands. He loves that person more than I ever could and it’s His truth so why do I need to fix things? “Whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
For sure there will be those who persecute and attack us because of our beliefs but that is not cause to sugar coat my communication. It is my responsibility to simply speak the truth in love, not using my liberty as a cloak of maliciousness, as it says in 2 Peter 2:16. It is then between God and that person what they do with the truth. We can rest assured that God cares about His word more than we do. Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
How do we feel when someone incorrectly repeats what we have said? It sometimes seems as if our words that have been twisted and repeated take on a life of their own. James 3:5, “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”
When the serpent entered the garden he immediately tested the female’s knowledge of what God had said. Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” In the wilderness Jesus overcame Satan by merely repeating what God had already said.
Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Speak God’s word into the world that you live in, wrapped in the love of Jesus, and watch God’s creative power go to work.