Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
ELOQUENT. 1: marked by forceful and fluent expression <an eloquent preacher> 2: vividly or movingly expressive or revealing <an eloquent monument>
God the Father speaks His love for mankind in many harmonizing ways … . First you might say that God’s voice is echoed in audible sounds like the winds or the thunder or the singing of the birds or laughter of a child. But He also speaks in other ways.
Silently but eloquently God speaks every day through the beauty of His creation. He lavishes the mountains and valleys, the rivers, lakes and oceans with the myriads of all living things; flowers and trees, animals, birds, fish and insects; all created with color and beauty, intricacy and wonder, numerous in their variety and glory beyond human imagination. All the earth displays His power in creation. These works eloquently remind us that He is here, watching, caring, desiring to fellowship with us in an individual and personal way.
He also speaks in His holy word, the Bible, and its pages guide us to God’s redemptive plan for mankind through His Son. And yes, pointedly, and even more profoundly than the creation around us, our Heavenly Father has spoken to us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom He sent to earth to die for our sins so that we might receive God’s free gift of eternal life. (See Hebrews 1:1 and 2.)
In a similar way, Jesus Christ is speaking through God’s children. Yes, Christians are also the eloquent voice of God to one another and to those outside of God’s family.
I realize more each day how eloquently God is speaking through my sweet wife, Susan. Her presence in my life articulates God’s love and grace, mingled with sweetness, gentleness and kindness. Then, at times, there is her subdued humble voice of wisdom as we discuss decisions we must make together. And always her loving forgiveness is available when I need it. Her life is, literally, the eloquence of God speaking daily to me and to others.
It is a mystery and a marvel how Christ does this, forming His own heart in us. We are not His sock puppets; we are His children who have the image of Jesus impressed upon and within our lives so that we might show Him to others.
Married couple, does your relationship eloquently speak God’s heart to one another? Husbands, do we daily express to our bride the self-sacrificial love of Christ? Do we love our wives as Christ loved the church (His bride) and gave Himself for her? Or are we so into ourselves that our existence speaks loudly and selfishly to her, “This marriage is for me! You are to please and satisfy me! I want my way! … Me! Me! Me!” Sounds like a selfish little three-year-old, doesn’t it?
Wives, you might be smiling right now. Better be careful. If you glance into a full length mirror at your adult self do you, at times, see a fist-clenching, foot-stomping, screeching, pouting little sweetheart, determined to have her selfish little way? Could you say that you are the eloquence of Christ, spoken to your husband? Or are you, also, totally ineloquent from time to time, speaking your own language rather than that of Christ in you?
Let’s admit it, we’re all guilty at times. But how do we stop these destructive sinful habits, attitudes and actions that flow from our lives? How do we become the eloquent statement of Jesus, speaking love to our mate? Simple. Just run to Christ and ask for help. Teaching us all how to have a wonderful marriage relationship is His specialty.
Men, don’t ask the guys you hang out with. Ladies, don’t ask your girlfriends, even those in your church group. Instead ask Jesus. We must take ourselves to him, imperfect as we are, confess our imperfections, repent of them, then ask Him to mold us into the Christian husbands and wives He desires us to become.
And if you don’t know what to tell Him, don’t worry. He understands what you both need. After all, He designed this thing called “Happily Ever After!” He will smile, rub his hands together, and say, “Good. Now we can get to work. First we need to enroll you in our Eloquence of God in Marriage course. Please hang your pride on the coat rack in the hall before entering class!”
Addendum: Novels by Carl Peters, available on Amazon Kindle, above right:
Victory – Heroes are sometimes found in the most unusual places. Victory is the short story about a boy’s daydreams and how he learned “the secret formula of how to make his dreams come true” … from a most unusual friend. Victory is an animated fantasy adventure for the whole family.
The Tallest Angel – The inspirational family adventure novel based on the short story, Victory. This family story takes over where Victory ends, that is, AFTER RICHIE WAKES UP from his dream adventure! A fun story, part real life, part Disney-like animated fantasy, woven together to surely charm the kid in each of us.
Solo – A twenty-four year old Christian woman, Joy, is tempted to stray from her Lord. But through a series of unique, heaven-sent events she is befriended by Paul, an older man who steps in as the father figure Joy has not had for nine years. As their father – daughter friendship develops, Paul gives Joy much-needed wholesome Christian advice about life and marriage.
Transgression – Definitely an edgy John Grisham type novel. The story of a sinful preacher and the terrible consequences his sin brings upon his church family. The amazing part of this story is how the Lord eventually brings a silver lining out of the darkest storm clouds. This story is powerful, at times overwhelming, yet gentle in its application of God’s truths.