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Just a slight deviation from the OT law series today.. it can get quite dry talking about it every day.

I’ve been reading “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster. It’s really an amazing book that transformed my inner life and the way I approach various Christian disciplines.

One of the points he made on the discipline of solitude, is that a result of solitude is losing the need to justify our every action towards man.

“”We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us that we talk in order to straighten out their understanding”.. “One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our justifier. We don’t need to straighten others out.”

This got me really thinking about the words I speak to people all the time. Every time I feel someone may have gotten the wrong impression of me, I speak to justify myself. I believe that Foster is speaking of this bondage that we have to others, requiring us to be fully justified before others to be at peace.

I do agree that there is an excess of self-justification today, but I do not believe in no justification at all.

As much as solitude is a desirable aspect of inner life, there is a need to function in human society, as well as the body of Christ. Due to our lack of full knowledge and sinful nature, we tend to jump to the worse conclusions about people, imagine the deadliest consequences, and assume personal motives. Thus, there is always a need to maintain relationships through the explanation of one’s actions. One of today’s experiences taught me this the hard way. We are called in the body of Christ to build up one another, not being a stumbling block. Thus, it should be love that governs each word we speak.

Justification should then be made when it concerns another person who may be negatively affected. Other than that, there is really no need to be so quick to justify or push the blame to others.

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
James 1:19

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