The last couple of days my thoughts have been bookended by two Scripture passages. In 2 Timothy 3:12 Paul says that “all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” This is a hard verse. I mean, honestly, it is not easy to choose persecution. The other passage that came to mind is from Luke 12:12 to Luke 21:15. The essence is that when we are persecuted, the Lord via the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say.
The fact is, there are lots of instances in Scripture where the Lord specifically gives his followers words to say, tailored specifically to the situation with which they are presented. For example, in Exodus 4:12 God instructed Moses to say what the Lord would have Him say. Moses, however, was reluctant so God sent Aaron to be Moses’ mouthpiece.
Another time we see this pattern repeat itself is in Isaiah 51:16-23, when the prophet is instructed to speak the Lord’s ways to the people of Israel, bringing them words from the living God, later foretelling her deliverance by Jesus Christ.
So, I ask you, in what ways are you heeding the ways of the Holy Spirit, who is preparing you to speak His truth, with love and meekness, in every situation you find yourself in?