How Is Your Sabbath Conversation?

Many times a year there are new and inspiring articles in the Philadelphia Trumpet and Royal Vision that provide topics for discussion.

With all Sabbath conversation, approach it in a positive manner and from God’s point of view. Instead of focusing on complaining about how hard the work week was, discuss how glad and thankful you are that God has allotted one day a week as a day of rest.

Young people are certainly not exempt from these principles of proper Sabbath conversation. No teenager is too young to read the Trumpet, Royal Vision and the news of the Work.

The main reason the ancient Israelites were taken captive by the Assyrians and Judah by the Babylonians was that they profaned the Sabbath Day! Much of this Sabbath-breaking was due to the carelessness of later generations. The later the generation, the more it seems we take things for granted, especially when it’s something many of us have heard all our lives. As young people, we should strive to read the Trumpet articles and listen to the Sabbath messages and discuss them with our peers, as well as the adults.

How to Converse

Knowing what to talk about means little if we don’t know how to talk. The Bible is full of precious gems of wisdom concerning this subject, especially in Psalms and Proverbs. But let’s first go back to Matthew 12. Jesus said, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, “they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment” (verse 36). We will be held responsible for every word we say! That alone tells us we ought to be very careful and think things through before we speak. How we use our tongue can have a tremendous impact—positive or negative. “So the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” (James 3:5, Revised Standard Version). It is clear that God is very concerned about what we say. Keep that in mind before starting any conversation.

Proverbs makes it clear we should not only be careful what we say, but how much we say. “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). In other words, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking,” as the Revised Standard Version states it. Instead of trying to be the center of the conversation, set a goal to get a good conversation started and allow for others to get involved. A lot can be said in just a few words.

Another important principle is found in Proverbs 18:13: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” Allow others to finish their point, and be careful not to interrupt. Then after you have thoroughly thought about what to say, respond when the opportunity presents itself and not before.

Use Sabbath fellowship to get others involved who may sometimes be more quiet or reserved, or to speak to those you only see at services and who may have traveled great distances to be there. Make an effort on the Sabbath to talk to someone you do not converse with often.

Keep in mind that those who are just visiting may only know you, or remember you, for the few words you said to them in fellowship. Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t, but be careful to leave a good impression. Think before you speak!

Moderation

As with everything, Christian fellowship should be done in moderation. It should always be secondary to our fellowship with God and Jesus Christ. Occasional fellowship on Friday evening or going out for dinner after services on Saturday is appropriate. Just don’t let it take you away from your fellowship with God.

Christian fellowship is vital for spiritual growth. An inspiring conversation on the Sabbath can be a huge lift for someone who may have had a particularly tough week. The tongue is indeed a powerful tool. It can pierce someone like a sword if used in the wrong way, or it can heal if used in the right way (see Proverbs 12:18). Another proverb says, “The tongue of the just is as choice silver …” (Proverbs 10:20). Do our words come out as “choice silver” or as an old rusty piece of metal?

Notice Proverbs 25:11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” What an inspiration our conversation can be! Like apples of gold in pictures of silver! Don’t take Sabbath fellowship for granted. Rather, use fellowship to stimulate spiritual growth not only in your life, but in others’ too!

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37 thoughts on “How Is Your Sabbath Conversation?

  1. Great advice as usual…is there a correlation between us humans having 2 ears and just one mouth and Proverbs 10:19?…me thinks so!

  2. The book of Proverbs is chockfull on “knowledge, understanding and wisdom.” Since there are 31 chapters in it, and there are 31 days in a month, i recommend that one reads a chapter a day. Repeat the cycle month after month after month. Take a break after many months if you need a break, and resume the practice again. The book of Proverbs also has a lot to say about “fools.” One can check oneself against the traits of foolishness described in the book (with the help of the Holy Spirit, of course) and seek to avoid the pitfalls.

  3. It occurred to me quite recently that since i keep the Sabbath alone at home, the scripture that says not to speak my own words implies/means that i’m not to think my own thoughts. This is apart from the words i speak to God.

  4. What an eye opening Sabbath article, I have struggled with Sabbath keeping, never quite knowing what to say, and preferring to just listen, sometimes its as plain as the nose on your face, but you just cant see it, (mental block) thank you Mr S Flurry for your article maybe a Sabbath CD on Sabbath keeping would help us all, I read Revelation chapter 4 and it made me see all my weaknesses, and made me feel ashamed that at times I have not lived up to our Fathers high standards

  5. I am so blessed to come in contact with this literature. I Thank God for opening my mind up to understand all the spiritual knowledge I have, and for giving me the desirer to seek more of it.

  6. Oh, what can I say in response to this great Shepherding, feet-directing, thought-shaping write-up. I just thank God for your life, Gerald. May God sustain your light for his Church.
    Thank you.

  7. We must respect what God makes Holy and we are commanded by the Eternal to take our foot off from trampling over and profaning Gods Holy Day! Gods presence is in His Sabbath. We honor God by keeping holy those things that He has made holy! We dishonor Him when we speak our own words He wants us to quit profaning His Holy Things and keep Holy what He has made Holy. When we do that we are honoring Him.

  8. Hello, Happy Sabbath! Thanks for sharing these scriptures and principles. They which help us to speak the proper word at the proper time. Fellowship is a way to give as God gives. The Father gave Jesus the scroll of Revelation, Jesus unsealed it and spoke it unto
    the angel and the angel unto John! We can speak it among us and converse about it with God – conversation is truly a gift from God, so thanks again for encouraging us to use it properly!

    • Fellowship is always a two way street, each building the other as we see the day approaching, Regards, Rick.

  9. Thanks for Your encouragement. Appreciated your bible study on having that family Unity as well. How much we need to truly speak those words of encouragement to each other as the trials heat up & we draw closer to our redemption! Sometimes Just hearing from Our brethren can be quite enlightening.

  10. This is a wonderful lesson on Sabbath conversation. I have been thinking about this very thing this week in fact. Most of the verses given are ones that I have considered too. I appreciate the information about not sharing our woes on Sabbath. Some need to read this who have a problem with wanting to discuss all the problems they and their children have encountered all through the week. It’s a hard thing to deal with when this happens every week. Thank you for this helpful guidance.

  11. Thank you Mr. S. Flurry,
    For your helpful reminder of maintaining the integrity of proper sabbath keeping. It is a tool of vital importance, a part of our spiritual armor if you will.

  12. Thank you Mr. S. Flurry, I sincerely appriciate all your articles on how we can improve on our character building aspects. On how we are to conduct ourselves as members of God’s church throughout our lives. Good and uplifting fellowship is as important as eating a healthly meal. As you mentioned earlier we are blessed to be achosen

  13. I found the article to be of great interest to me. Unfortunately I live where there is
    no fellowship with others, this makes it very hard at times, so my sabbaths are usually devoted to study and prayer in my own home. I have often wondered if this is enough, certainly those that can fellowship are truly blessed.

  14. Mr. Flurry what a very moving article. This is definitely something to apply to our lives. There is always room for improvement in this part of our lives. Great details were put in this article and so much is there to take in. Our conversations should always be Sabbath appropriate. This is something we should always remember to apply on the Sabbath. Thank you for the time in your article.

  15. Thanks Mr. Flurry for this article. I see so many points and ideas I could use in my Sabbath fellowship. I am one who talk too much and need to listen more. I am going to try my best and let others inspire me.

    • Oops! I tapped “post comment” before I was able to finish my comment :|
      I wanted to end by saying…
      I always look forward to helpful articles like this to help me improve in my Sabbath conversation. Thank you :D

  16. Thank you Mr. Flurry for this most timely article. What I use to guide my Sabbath conversation is that I speak as if I am speaking with Christ, which in reality I am. If Christ is coming in us , growing in each one of us then out of the abundance of that growth we will converse with those of like mind. Christ certainly is not interested in the latest Gucci bag on the market. (I hope I got that right)

  17. THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE! “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19) Have been searching for help within scripture and here it is! Am working on overcoming nervousness which produces the desire to share too many words! This is a great help!

  18. Some really good scriptures quoted here. I plan on returning to this article in order to imbed them into my mind. Fellowshiping between the brethren is so important and I feel we all need to be vigilant about it. Thank you for the article Mr. Flurry.

  19. Good fellowshipping with the Father and the Son that extends to our Brethren is what I look forward to every Sabbath. It is as if my life is not complete without conversing and seeing my spiritual family. We talk about the same struggles, overcoming trials tests and most of all, that exciting Prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes at a fast rate. We are the Malachi group that converse a lot!

  20. Mr. Flurry-

    I find my mind being absolutely blown on how timely your articles are. I tend to pray about certain things, and you or your father tend to answer them almost instantly. It makes it so much more obvious that this is God’s church, and I thank you for everything you do sir! God speed!

  21. How truly blessed we are to still be able to attend Sabbath Services without persecution, to freely walk into our Father’s presence & share the momentous times we’re living in with one another. Every Sabbath is just the most wonderful time of rejuvenation. Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful gift.

  22. Thanks for this educational article. We just read it on the way to services and look forward to putting these points into practice today.

  23. How blessed is the member who can have fellowship with same-mind member of the begotten Family on God sabbtah. enjoy fellowship.
    thanks for the guidendance on this most vital aspect of the sabbath observance.

  24. A timely reminder! Something that we can resolve to be better at today with this fresh in mind! It is sometimes a challenge to not let the week’s woes dominate what we speak about. Better days a coming! Thanks

  25. Great article! I was just discussing this with my daughter last night! Now, I had the opportunity to discuss it again, more fully.

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