May 12: I Would Rather Not Have That Conversation . . . (Day 19)

by Pastor Randy Moomaw

Read Ephesians 4:15

Hard conversations. We have all been there, and if you are like me, you tend to avoid them. Whether it is a neighbor whose words have hurt you or a family member that is acting inappropriately, it is so easy to sweep things under the rug and just move on. Paul writes some challenging words to us in Ephesians 4:15, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

Paul writes this chapter so that we will know how to become mature and united as a body of believers. So often I would rather speak words of affirmation and encouragement. Paul reminds us that we need to also speak the difficult truth as we are speaking in love.

Challenge: Is there a hard conversation that you have been avoiding?  

Is this a conversation that will bring someone to a more mature relationship with Jesus?Ask God for wisdom, choose your words carefully, then take a step of obedience and speak the truth wrapped up in love.

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