Care enough to confront
'Giving an honest answer is a sign of true friendship.' Proverbs 24:26 CEV
It's tempting not to say anything when your mates are messing up, but keeping quiet isn't always the loving thing to do. Many people have no one in their lives who loves them enough to tell them the truth, so they continue going the wrong way, making bigger and bigger mistakes. If you ever find yourself wondering whether to say something or not, remember this proverb: 'An honest answer is the sign of true friendship' (Proverbs 24:26 CEV).
Paul writes, 'If someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently make him right again' (Galatians 6:1 NCV). That's what 'spiritual' people do! When an issue pops up that might cause tension it's easier to gloss over it to preserve the peace. But, if we try not to 'rock the boat' to keep everyone happy, feelings of frustration remain and the issue is never resolved.
'Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same body' (Ephesians 4:25 NCV). But, let's make sure we tell the truth with love and thoughtfulness. Whether in a friendship, a family or even a church, until we care enough to confront and resolve the real issues, we'll never grow close to each other!
So what now? Are you willing to be that friend who cares enough to confront? It's the only kind of friend to be. Usually you know what needs to be said but fear keeps you from saying it.
Soulfood: Ex 20:1-3 Deut 6:1-9 Mark 12:28-34 Rev 2:1-7,