Sunday, November 27, 2016

Owen: Speech in season and out

Sunday, November 27, 2016
    Advent I
    When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.
    —Matthew 10:19 (ESV)
    Ability of speech in time and season is an especial gift of God, and that eminently with respect unto the spiritual things of the Gospel; but a profluency of speech, venting itself on all occasions and on no occasions, making men open their mouths wide when indeed they should shut them and open their ears, and to pour out all that they know and what they do not know, making them angry if they are not heard and impatient if they are contradicted, is an unconquerable fortification against all true spiritual wisdom.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. VI-IX [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. IV, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 459 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 10:19-20; Mark 12:36; Luke 21:14-15; 2 Tim. 4:17; Jas. 1:26; 3:5-10; 1 Pet. 3:10; 2 Pet. 1:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me a good listener.
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