Speaking The Truth In Love

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Dealing With Disagreements Without Being Disagreeable

Paul has some practical advice for dealing with disagreements between members of the Body of Christ EPHESIANS 4:2,15,23-26

•  Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance
    for each other’s faults because of your love. [For more, go to MAKING ALLOWANCES.]
•  Speak the truth in love, growing more and more like Christ, who is the head of
    his Body, the Church.
•  Let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
    Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
•  Stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbours the truth.

Challenging The Sin Without Condemning The Sinner      JOHN 8:2-11 

A marvelous example of the way Jesus confronted sin but did not condemn the sinner is to be seen in the way he dealt with a young woman caught in the very act of adultery.

Notice how Jesus  -  
CONFRONTS THE SIN  "You're free to go, but not to go on sinning."
• DOES NOT CONDEMN THE SINNER"Where are your accusers? "

Compassion Without Compromise

Jesus shows the woman God's compassion without compromising God's standards of holiness.

He speaks God's truth into the situation, but does so with love and a godly tenderness, just like God the Father in PSALM 103:13-14.  For more on this episode, click on DESPERATE FOR LOVE(2)




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