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Although Moses initially tried to excuse himself from his life mission because he was slow of speech and inarticulate, God still used him mightily – and He still uses people who are not articulate yet have the fire of God within (Ex 4:10). Paul said he might not be a trained speaker, but he did have knowledge, for he knew what (and who) he was talking about (2 Cor 11:6). He also said he was sent to preach the

Heartfelt words are more important than style

gospel, not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power (1 Cor 1:17, 2:1-5). The content of what we say must be more important than the presentation and style. The power is not in our speaking ability, it is in the truth of the gospel and the Holy Spirit’s conviction. However, this does not dimenish our responsibily to give a reasoned and clear explanation of the gospel (1 Pet 3:15).

Whenever we communicate it should be understandable by those we are speaking to. The influence we exert will come through words that convey our heart, and are more powerful, than polished remarks lacking any feeling or without love (1 Cor 13:1-3).

See also: communication, speech, words.