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Speaking Truth In Love

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev. 3:15-16 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself caught between two people with varying opinions about a certain subject matter — each of them may passionately plead their case for their respective feelings and convictions on a certain subject matter or personal belief. Each of them may make good points to consider, and so you just sort of find yourself in the middle ground — not taking one particular side or another.  I think we have all found ourselves here, and in many instances it really isn’t all that big of a deal, especially when it relates to things such as cars, sports, or fashion.  

Q: But what about when it relates to morality and our Christian beliefs — should we remain silent or neutral when we hear and view things we feel to be wrong according to God’s Word?  

I believe the Bible teaches that we have a responsibility to seek God’s Word for His heart, His will, and His leading, and then we should speak up (Ezek. 3:17-21; Gal. 6:1).  

One such subject matter facing each of us as Christian men and women currently is that of same sex marriage. Unfortunately, this issue has become not only controversial among unbelievers, but also among followers of Christ — and it has also brought division among the body of believers. The contention from those who advocate the Supreme Court’s ruling on this subject seems to be centered upon a person’s right to make their own choice, but is this, or should this really be the issue at heart for those who are Christians?  Shouldn’t the issue among followers of Jesus Christ be focused on whether it is honoring to God, and whether it is biblically correct to live this way?

The Bible teaches that marriage is a covenant, and a sacred bond between a man and a woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God — He created it; He defined it, and that should settle it.  

Even so, there are those who profess themselves to be followers of Jesus Christ, who would argue this biblical truth, saying, “Marriage shouldn’t be kept from anyone.  All people should be able to love and marry the one they choose — it’s a good thing…”

I would respond by saying, we need to guard ourselves against simply allowing our cultural upbringing, and our feelings to dictate what we believe to be righteous and fair.  The Prophet Isaiah warned against this type of sin, when he said, Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20)

I believe we are living in a time much like that in the Book of Acts — where believing in Jesus Christ and confronting others with truth in love will be met with anger, hostility, hate, and persecution — we will be called narrow-minded, and haters.  But this should be expected, because Jesus said it would happen (John 15:18-21). 

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you, “A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me." John 15:18-21 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to pray and think upon these truths.  We must not waiver, but guard ourselves from being lukewarm on these things the Lord abhors.  We must hold fast to our convictions and we must speak the truth in love.  

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. Gal. 6:1 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Gal. 6:1 what is our responsibility as Christian men and women?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be committed to following God’s Word rather than feelings? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be willing to confront others in sin and tell them about Jesus — about a better way.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word — Your Word is truth.  It is a light unto my path, and a lamp unto my feet.  Your Word is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Help me to walk in truth, and to confront in love — help me not to be lukewarm.  


Blessings upon your day, Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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