Speaking truth to another in love…
Monday, June 18, 2012
This is often an area that produces a dilemma. We are aware of something in another that is bringing harm to them and because we love them we want to fix it or make it better. Scripture is useful for instruction and rebuke. We are instructed however to act in love at all times.
If I see in another that which is producing harm in them, I can, in love, speak to that condition. With the fruit of the spirit of love and kindness, I can speak. If it is received, well and good. If it is not, I do not take offense or feel the need to make it happen. I do not possess that ability it is God’s doing. What I perceive, they must also perceive to make change. If they do not, that is their loss not mine and I am free of obligation for it never was mine. Change is of the spirit and it is the work of God. We are light and salt. We show the truth, shed light on it. The light from a lamp illuminates and that is it, no more. Salt gives back, enhances flavor and preserves from decay. It must be received and used to have effect. If not, the lack of change is not the fault of the salt.