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Speak The Truth In Love
12/30/2015

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

I think one of the hardest things to do is to confront a fellow brother or sister in the Lord, who is not abiding in God’s will. 

The truth is, there are many reasons we can find ourselves holding back saying anything, but when we do this are we really doing what is best for them, and are we actually sinning ourselves?

Let’s face it, none of us wants to hurt others, or potentially cause a rift in our relationship, so we tend to hold back any words of encouragement, or accountability, and we can even fear the word confrontation, believing it always represents anger and hostility, but this should not be the case. 

The fact of the matter is there will be times when we speak the truth in love to those who are in sin, and it will hurt, and it may even cut very deep into their very soul.  Proverbs 27:6 tells us, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.”  This is because only a friend cares enough to tell it like it is.  Only a true friend will love you enough to tell you the truth in love when you are walking on the path of destruction.

To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.  Proverbs 25:12 (NLT)

We cannot be assured our words will be received in the way we hoped, and we may actually find ourselves being rejected, and even attacked for speaking the truth at times.  How we share the truth has a lot to do with how many will receive it.  If we choose to confront others who are in sin with an attitude of anger or with some attitude of superiority, then we will likely cause them to stumble in their ability to hear God’s truth, and they will likely choose to make our poor handling of confronting them the new issue rather than acknowledging the sin they have been confronted with.  But, if we confront others in love, and with a spirit of gentleness, then we can be confident we are doing exactly what God has told us to do (Gal. 6:1).

Being a friend isn’t always easy, but this is what being a true friend is.  I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Galatians 6:1, what is our responsibility when we see another Christian brother or sister overtaken in sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be obedient to the Lord and help to bring restitution to others when they are in sin?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for His wisdom when you see others in sin, and then pray for His leading of your confronting them.  Remember you are to love and to speak the truth, it is the Lord who changes the heart and transforms lives. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for helping to guide me in all things, including this difficult task of speaking to others who are in sin.  Father, help me to see my part and to be gentle and loving when I confront and speak to others.  Help me to remember this is a truth encounter, and not a power encounter, and that it is not my job to try to change anyone, but to simply speak truth, and encouragement, and to do it in love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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