SHARP WORDS; SPOKEN GENTLY: One Shepherd’s Tool

The DEVIL Said: Pastors shouldn’t speak sharp words because they push people away.

The SCRIPTURE Said:

Ecclesiastes 12:[11]The WORDS of the WISE are as GOADS, and as NAILS FASTENED by the MASTERS of ASSEMBLIES, which are given from ONE SHEPHERD.

(The ONE Chief Shepherd literally engineers sharp words. The DEFINITION of a Goad is: a Sharp stick with a nail at the end of it. Goads are DESIGNED to be sharp, but they are to be used with gentleness.)

Titus 1:[13]This witness is true. Wherefore REBUKE THEM SHARPLY, that they may be sound in the faith;
[14]Not giving heed to JEWISH FABLES, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

Psalms 45:[5]THINE ARROWS ARE SHARP IN THE HEART of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

Isaiah 49:[2]And HE HATH MADE MY MOUTH LIKE A SHARP SWORD; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and MADE ME A POLISHED SHAFT; in his quiver hath he hid me;

2 Corinthians 13:[10]Therefore I WRITE THESE THINGS BEING ABSENT, LEST BEING PRESENT I SHOULD USE SHARPNESS, according to the POWER which the Lord hath given me TO EDIFICATION, and NOT TO DESTRUCTION.

(Sometimes it’s better to write sharp words than to speak them so that people can process them and grow at their own pace).

Hebrews 4:[12]For the WORD OF GOD is quick, and powerful, and SHARPER THAN ANY TWO EDGED SWORD, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Speaking HARSHLY is different from speaking SHARPLY.

– HARSH words are spoken to wound people purposely and intentionally.

– SHARP WORDS; SPOKEN GENTLY are spoken to guide sheep back into the protection of the flock. They only wound the people that buck up against the authority of ONE Shepherd.

– People that buck against the One Shepherd’s authority turn into goats, then into seducers, then into spiritual wolves.

Sharp words spoken gently are a proper tool for spiritual leadership, the building up of souls, healing wounded souls, and the protection of the flock of God.

Proverbs 12:[18]There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but THE TONGUE OF THE WISE IS HEALTH.

2 Timothy 2:[24]And the servant of the Lord MUST NOT STRIVE; but BE GENTLE unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

2 Corinthians 10:[1]Now I Paul myself beseech you by the MEEKNESS AND GENTLENESS OF CHRIST, who IN PRESENCE AM BASE AMONG YOU, but BEING ABSENT AM BOLD TOWARD YOU:

(Sometimes God will give His servant a soft voice so that His sharpest words can be spoken gently, but written boldly).

James 3:[17]But the WISDOM THAT IS FROM ABOVE IS first PURE, then PEACEABLE, GENTLE, and easy to be intreated, full of MERCY and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

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