Your loose-tongued best friend has spent the last ten minutes laying out every bit of dirt on the love life of someone you both know. This isn't the first time it's happened, and the gossip is starting to leave a bitter taste in your mouth... Over to you. Is it time to wade in, or hold off?
Your mate's unlimited broadband means he's getting the newest films in the comfort of his room before they're even showing at the cinema. Not to mention any music his iPod desires, without paying a cent. Even though no one questions that it's not hurting anyone, your conscience starts to differ... And back to you. Is it time to wade in, or hold off?
We need to be careful to know the right time to do this, but sometimes loving someone requires confronting them, for their own good. If it involves a destructive habit, something that's illegal or a situation that could hurt them, it's important not to turn a blind eye. The Bible offers great wisdom on how. Here are just two examples: 1) 'Love is not rude.' It doesn't use the aggressive, heavy-handed approach. What is spoken is spoken in kindness. 2) 'Love is not self-seeking.' It forgets about the need to be accepted and liked, or to score 'holy points' off the other person, and makes sure that their well-being is the main priority.
So what now? Read 1 Corinthians 13 in its entirety and seek out what it might mean to confront someone in love.
SoulFood: Exo 16:1-18, John 6:1-15, John 6:25-40, 1 Cor 11:23-24 (Jesus: Bread of Life)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd