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 Better an open reprimand than concealed love. The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive. 
Proverbs 27:5-6
 
How do you know when to share the right word, in the right way, at the right time, to the right person?  How do you do so in a way that does not offend, but rather comes across in love and care?
 
The actions of society today encourages conversation that is guarded even to the point that one could stop and ask themselves "is this really a conversation I should be a part or even share my thoughts."  We are just suppose to let people live their life they way they want to, because it is not "my" place to tell them what they have done wrong. Culture does not desire to be told that what is being done is wrong...each individual is to mind their own business and worry not about anyone else. 
 
As believers we must learn how and when to speak.  We need to stop and ask ourselves; "Am I the right person, to share the right word, with the right individual, at the right time. As followers of Christ we are commanded to speak up and to hold one another accountable. We are to be willing to give an open reprimand. 

Let's strive to speak up with gentleness and love or as Paul calls "speaking truth in love." (Eph. 4:15) God continues to move at UABC!!  

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 Better an open reprimand than concealed love. The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive. 
Proverbs 27:5-6

From knowing what to say and when to say it, to knowing when to listen, Solomon also imparts wisdom to  "speaking up" to those that we love.  I remember that my mom would tell my sister and I that "true friends tell you what you need to hear, while a false friend will tell you what you want to hear." Then she would follow up her statement by staying "What type of friend are you to those that you spend time with?"
 
As often as I can I try to be that "friend" that is trustworthy. A friend that can share a word of encouragement as well as a word of accountability.  I really desire to share the right word, in the right way, at the right time, to the right person; in doing so my prayer is that my willingness to speak up would come across as trustworthy.
 
This coming take time to be that trustworthy friend. Remember to take the time and listen, make sure that you are not starting or sharing gossip, then speak up. 

It was a great day of worship yesterday.  If you were unable to be here yesterday try and make it a priority to be in attendance this coming week!  It is a delight to be on this journey with you!  God continues to move at UABC!!


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