“Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.” Ephesians 4:25 (NLT)
My Friends, do not be afraid to speak the truth. What good does it do to know the truth if we are too afraid to tell it? So many try to travel on opposite sides at the same time by saying things like, “Well, God says we are to do this and such, but you do what is best for you.” Truth alert: Whatever God says to do IS what is best! When we become so timid about telling people what the Lord said plus nothing, we are practically endorsing the very thing He opposes! We are called to be salt and light. Salt enhances the flavor of things and light pushes out the darkness. Does that sound like the affect YOU are having on your watch?
Speak the truth in love with gentleness and respect, but speak it! Let us divorce our desire to be well-liked and instead marry the determination to be loyal to the Lord and His Word no matter what.
Today I encourage you to ask the Lord to search your heart and de-bug it of people pleasing, fear of rejection, and loyalty to our own reputation at the expense of truth. Ask Him for courage when the temptation to be silent at the wrong time is strong. Ask Him to help you be bold enough to speak the truth.