28th February 2015
‘…no more lies, no more pretence. Tell your neighbour the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.’ Ephesians 4:25 (Msg)
Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) says, ‘Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.’ It’s difficult to tell someone the truth they need to hear in a way that’s encouraging and gentle. Usually we excel at one of these things to the exclusion of the other. If we’re ‘too encouraging and gentle’, our words lack the substance those who are stumbling need to hear. When we are ‘too honest’, the cold truth of our words is so direct, so harsh, it makes no impact because we were so offensive.
We all have ‘blind spots’ in our lives, and we need the perspective of the friends in our community to help us see. When a friend speaks a difficult word, while painful at first, we’re much better off in the end. The words of the wise bring the healing we need.
Question to consider
Which temptation are you more prone to struggle with – being too gentle and compromising the truth or being too honest and offending others?
Pray that God will grant you the strength and courage to be truthful.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.