A little over twelve months ago, a new word entered the global vocabulary: Coronavirus.
Some people set big goals but give up quickly. Others persist and succeed, while others set none at all. Which are you?
How will you remember 2020? For us, it will be remembered as a significant year, when we took big steps forward in our mission to ensure the good news of God is within easy reach of every Australian.
Every day we hear stories of how God is using Vision to help people lift their eyes off the problems and pressures and ‘cast their cares’ on Him.
Greetings! As we come toward the end of a challenging year and set our sights on better things to come in 2021, this Scripture continues to come to mind for me. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 ESV It’s certainly been a year filled with tribulation, but the …Read More
‘Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ.’ Ephesians 4:15 NLT
Jon Walker says, ‘It’s hard to… confront… it’s easier to stay superficial… to demonise one another when we don’t agree.. .and to cut and run at the first sign of trouble… But the Bible says, “An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship,” (Proverbs 24:26 NLT); it deepens relationships… and keeps our fellowship open and authentic, freeing us to speak the truth in love… No more lies or pretence. Tell your brother the truth. Remember… when you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.’
Author Annette Smith observes, ‘Touchy topics are difficult for even close friends. Yet relationships involve flawed people who make mistakes and get into messes. Friends need to be able to count on each other, not just for fun and affirmation, but for instruction and correction. Committing ourselves to a friendship means because we care on a deep intimate level, we have the courage to speak up when a friend needs to hear tough words… True friendship comes with joy and responsibility… To avoid talking truthfully about a situation that’s hurtful, dangerous, or out of God’s will, is to dishonour the friendship and the friend. When we’ve been trusted with the blessing of friends, we must love them enough to be willing to experience hurt, rejection, even anger. In the end, truth heals. Before addressing a difficult situation, if there’s any self-righteousness or the tiniest desire to get even, we should keep silent. Honesty… when it comes to touchy subjects must be accompanied by pure, loving motives.’
The Bible says, ‘Speak the truth in love… growing…more like Christ.’ If your words aren’t bathed in love, they’ll hurt rather than heal.
SoulFood: Nahum 1–3, John 4:39–54, Ps 41, Pr 24: 5–6
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021