“Are you encouraged in Christ? Are you comforted by His love? Do you share with the Spirit? Do you have any tender feelings or compassion for others?” Phil 2:1 (Simple English Bible)
What I like about questions is their directionality. A good question focuses attention on the right place. It clears the mind and points to an answer, which in itself, can emphasize a direction or make connections. It can also jog us out of our comfort zone and allow new ideas and thoughts to take shape. A sharp question is better than a lame answer. I’ve discovered that by asking specific questions can result in surprising answers.
Questions are helpful, informative and necessary if we are to embrace changes and progress. Unless we are challenged at times, we can grow stale and lazy.
The apostle Paul wanted the churches in Philippi to focus on their daily spiritual walk. The idea was to point them in the right direction and action their faith and love in Christ. I’ll bet the answers weren’t easy for some of them but the questions remained. Sooner or later, those Christians had to answer them.
How about you?