So, the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. (Jeremiah 20:8–9, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Proclaiming God’s word will often bring us insult and reproach (disapproval or disappointment). Earlier in this text it was also said to result in ridicule and mocking “all day long.” Enough to make one to want to “not mention him or speak any more in his name.” But if we are earnest in our devotion to Him “indeed, [we] cannot.”
My Advice – Are you “weary of holding it in?” “Don’t shut [it] up in [your] bones.” Continue to speak the truth in love. Some may receive it with eagerness. But in those cases where they do not, rejoice “because [you] had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” (Acts 5:41, NIV 1984).