Communication is hard work. Opinions get in the way of facts. Experiences trump observations and objective perspectives. Beliefs get misunderstand in the process. Beliefs also make the conversation more challenging because nobody likes to hear the possibility that theirs are wrong, but when there's a conflict of beliefs, somehow a resolution or at least an agreement should be made.
This is why, for so many years, the advice was given, particularly with friends and family, don't discuss religion or politics.
The conversations get even more difficult when society and culture start redefining words. I'm not sure who's involved in making those decisions; but clearly times are changing... and have been for a while.
This is why I am thankful for God and His Word.
He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
This world will pass away, but the Word of God stands forever.
To acknowledge there is wrong in the world, is to admit there is the existence of right, in this world.
To acknowledge a lie, is to admit there must be truth.
There is truth.
There is Truth.
It is a wonderful experience, to have friends who knows the Truth of God and His Word. Then, to have the friendship exist on such a level, that they have the ability and will exercise it, to speak truth into your life out of their love and concern for you is incredibly powerful.
So many people don't have such friendships. Or they don't understand the love and concern people have for them is an extension of one's faith in God and their desire for God to be revealed and made known.
I'm grateful for the clarity that I receive in my life, not only through the power of God's Word, but also through the clarity that comes from great friends who care for me enough to tell me the truth. Even when it hurts, and as comedian Brad Stine, says, even when it offends. For that is the job of truth. As Stine explains, it proves we don't have it.
Pray, this #communitySaturday for those who have yet to experience the revelation of God and the Truth of His Word. May the church have the boldness to speak the truth, even when it's uncomfortable. May their be a grace as we speak into the lives of those around us, not with malicious intent, but out of love and concern for people's lives to experience relationship with Almighty God. Pray against a spirit of confusion and frustration; where the enemy of our souls would attempt to twist, distort and pervert the truth; that would cause people to be more comfortable in their sin than in the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
May God's Truth
Bring bring clarity to our lives.
For His glory
And the cause of Jesus Christ.
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