” . . . that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” – Titus 2:8
This passage expresses the great importance given to a young man to live according to sound doctrine. If that young man shows corruptness, gravity, sincerity, and found speech, that cannot be condemned; it becomes very difficult for others to speak against him.
The phrase, “he that is of a contrary part”, refers to one who is of an opposite opinion or an antagonist. It is not uncommon that the antagonist will stand directly in front of the one he opposes and by his presence attempt to intimidate that one. Because of the sound doctrine, the one who is of a contrary part may become filled with respect and even be confounded by that doctrinal expression. The net result is likely that the antagonist will have no foul or wicked thing to say against the one who holds to sound doctrine.
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Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
As a student, are you keeping perspective? The university is not the source of knowledge. Its only capacity is to help you to search for knowledge and interact with it. But beware, knowledge is perverted when it is wrenched away from the recognition and context of its source. Proverbs 1:7.
As this happens, the student MUST return it to its proper context or suffer the consequences. You must go there already understanding the rules of the search and interaction process in principle or you will not recognize the twisted perspectives that will come from atheistically oriented professors and curriculum.
When one forsakes the God of knowledge, it is common that logic and reason are thrown out. Applications are improperly applied. Perspective is twisted. Truth is forsaken. Understanding is missed. Corruption becomes evident. Pains and sorrows of evil overcome those who follow after this form of life. It may also over wash the lives of others with collateral damage. Do you want to be responsible for this?