Living Out Strong Relationships - Part 1
Dear Lord, give me wisdom as I seek your ways of strengthening my relationships with everyone, especially other followers of Christ. Amen.
Read: Eph 4:25-27
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint): Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
It's awkward sometimes. Really awkward and uncomfortable....when someone misses the mark in a presentation at work and doesn't realize it. Or when someone says something offensive - again - and everyone just lets it happen without saying anything. Or even when I see that leftover piece of lunch still on my friend's cheek, but they don't know it. Speaking up and speaking the truth in love is often awkward and difficult, but it can bring much good when done according to God's design.
In this part of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul tells us to drop the facades that separate us relationally which "give the devil a foothold". We are called to speak truth into each other's lives, especially those who are "members of one body" - Christ's followers. Often we avoid speaking truth to someone because it makes us uncomfortable, rather than thinking about how it can benefit the other person. Ever notice that when you do address a situation in a loving and gracious way, that person genuinely appreciates it and you feel relieved? This is one way we live out strong relationships!
Dear Lord, thank you for the call to speak truth. Help me to speak it with love and grace and help me to listen when others do the same for me. Amen