What's in your beard?
How did you know when something is wrong? A couple of days ago, my wife and I were talking, she paused, looked straight into my eyes and said, "You need to take a shower!" I was taken back and got defensive, but she knows best.
My response was, "I haven't gone for a run yet, what is the point of me getting clean if I am just going to get stinky."
How would I know that I needed a shower if there wasn't some identifier? How would I know if there was food in my beard unless someone was to tell me?
Lately, it seems like you can't tell anyone that something is wrong, for fear of offending them. This is not the approach that Jesus takes, he told people boldly that they needed to stop sinning.
We have more fear of offending then we do fear for people's salvation. Perhaps love is not fear of offense but fear for other peoples salvation. Are we costing people a chance to walk with Jesus if we aren't open with them.
I am always happy when my friends are bold enough to tell me when I am doing something I shouldn't. Yes it may hurt at first but once I realize they love me and want the best for me, I am glad they told me. Then I can learn and change. However if something is not spoken out of love it's like a loud noise that will not help me.
I guess the moral is, love others, and when they know you love them, you can help them.
Read: John 8:1-11
Read: Psalms 36:5-7
Read: 1 Corinthians 13
Journal: How does love change things?
Pray: Teach me to love oh God, teach me to see through Your eyes, that I might be changed, that You remain, and all my flawes are washed away.
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Ryan Hodgins, pastor, coach. Married to a gorgeous wife. Father to three girls. I need this epic walk.
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