Paul was an excellent debater! He did not just use bold words when speaking to the Athenians — he educated himself about their culture. He noticed all their idols and took the time to read the names of them. He even read some of their poetry — and he used his knowledge of them to show them the truth about the Lord. The crystalline nature of his debate takes my breath away….probably because I am a wordsmith myself. Too bad debates can’t be handled in writing, my preferred mode of communication.
Speaking of words…I am having a difficult time lately with the spoken word. So much so that I wish I could take a vow of silence. But I seriously doubt it would be possible to be a proper wife and mother without speaking. So I will trudge onward and pray that the Holy Spirit will put exactly the right words in my mouth at the right times so that instead of throwing gasoline on a flame, my words will be refreshing water…because it’s not happening on my own power. It has to be HIS power working in me, giving me the words to say.