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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!!

Pastor Jeff
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Stop, Look, Listen

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The ear that listens to life-giving reproof 
will dwell among the wise. 
Proverbs 15:31

Listening to others before you speak is indeed a trait that is very seldom exercised. Whether asked or not we tend to share our opinion.  We do so with our family, friends, and co-workers.  We are not naturally wise or good at heart, but we think we are. Therefore, whether or not we can listen to and submit to wise counsel becomes a defining part of our character.

A teachable person will become wise. This proverb forms a single sentence; it shows how the one who listens to reproof that is beneficial to life will be at home with the wise. Are you teachable?  No matter your age or your life experience everyone of us should be teachable.  There will be times when you will need to stop and listen prior to giving advice and/or reproof.  Likewise there will be times when your own ear will need to be sensitive to that individual that is imparting advice and/or reproof to you. 

Not a single one of us is immune to thinking we "know it all" Young pastors often think they are wiser than older pastors. Teens think they are wiser than their experienced parents. Young people who are dating and think they are "in love" persist in their perspective despite everyone who cares about them telling them it's a bad idea. In each of these situations they/we will not listen to anyone, and they/we act like everyone sees the situation wrongly except them! Thus, we need to listen to outside counsel and advice to correct our path. We need to listen to God's Word (Colossians 3:1) and consider the counsel of trusted friends.

President Lincoln was quoted as saying "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." Take time this week to stop, look and listen for the movement of God.  Take time to hear the advice of the wise around you. 
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