Find people we trust who will speak truth into our lives.
Reference: “I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.” 1 Corinthians 4:14 NIV
Explore: If someone thinks you have it in for them, it can be very hard to convince them otherwise.
When I was a chaplain I was helping a family with some basic needs. As a single mother of five she struggled just to get the children off to school with lunches. As a church we stepped in to help.
One of the children revealed something disturbing at school and our Health Department was called in to investigate. I’m not sure why, but the mother thought I had said something to the Department and that’s why she was being questioned.
No matter what I said, and no matter how much I had already supported this family, I could not convince her otherwise and so our relationship broke down. This saddened me when I was only there to help her.
Application: It’s good to be protective of our own, but we also need to be open to hearing the truth. If we are sensitive and self conscious then we miss the opportunity for growth.
No one is perfect but we all have room to develop in a positive way. We can only do this if we are open to other opinions.
One of the churches Paul planted had started to lose their way. The only way they would come back on the straight and narrow was if they listened to the wisdom and critique of Paul.
Through his instructions to them we can all learn how to live. It helps if we can find people we trust who will speak truth into our lives.
Paul only wanted what was best for this congregation, but for that to happen they had to hear some tough love.
May we, too, be open to hearing guidance so we can become stronger followers of God.
Prayer: Lord, You speak truth into our lives through other disciples. May we read Your word and hear from others to know the path You would have us walk. Amen.
Who do you trust to speak truth into your life?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.