Tag Archives: speaking the truth in love

When conflict trumps kindness

When conflict trumps kindness, communication collapses and coercion commences. Some people’s only concept of conflict resolution is overpowering their perceived opponent. People can choose to be our enemy and refuse to be reconciled to us, but no one can stop … Continue reading

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Kindness vs. approval

I won’t approve of behaviors I believe are wrong, but I will strive to be kind to everyone. To publicly approve of behaviors that you sincerely believe are morally wrong is to be hypocritical. Kindness isn’t approval of people’s beliefs … Continue reading

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Democracy, human rights, & speaking truth in love

Human rights are standard equipment with human life. They cannot be taken away by any government, (but they can be violated). Oppressed people have as many human rights as anybody, but their government and/or institutions or individuals ignore their rights. … Continue reading

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What ever happened to the concept of “I respectfully disagree”?

Demanding that people agree with you is unreasonable and can only produce insincere compliance. Instead be kind to everyone. Anybody can insult, mock, and be unkind, but it takes amazing courage to cross color, ethnic, and political lines with ongoing … Continue reading

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What the world needs now is truth & love . . .

Truth without love is unkind. Love without truth is unreal. Our growth, both as individuals and as an expression of Christ’s body depends on our being both truthful and loving at the same time. Paul of Tarsus wrote: “Speaking the … Continue reading

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Witnesses to truth, not approvers of error

Jesus calls us to be witness to His truth, not just to passively agree with others. Paul put it this way: “Speaking the truth in love.” Christ-followers aren’t called to give approval to others, but to lovingly and boldly speak truth. … Continue reading

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How church can grow into the mature body of Christ.

We live in a time when millions of Christ-followers are leaving church because they long to see the risen Jesus directing His body and because they are weary of complying with religious systems. Some are meeting in small groups. Others … Continue reading

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