Sunday, April 16, 2017

Truth and Love

Sometimes, the truth is not easily received.  Offered with love and grace, it can be a life changer, a world changer.  Truth within us makes us strong and deepens our understanding.  It equips us to stand against lies and distortion, against false teachers and warped leaders.  It unveils the difference between shining and whining.
Truth, when placed on the table amongst the piles of wrong thinking, will shine brightly and reveal every error, every misrepresentation, every off-the-mark claim and justification.
Offered in loving hands, the truth pushes back the darkness and illuminates the right pathway where we and our children can walk forward with confidence and clarity.  Lovingly given, the truth conveys extraordinary power.
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Easter Sunday, 2017
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord; you must no longer live as the uninformed do in their empty thinking.  They are dull-minded and cut off from God's life by ignorance from being hard-hearted. They've lost all sensitivity; living by warped values they give themselves to sensuality, and they are full of greed.

That's not the life you learned when you heard about Christ and the truths you see in him. You were taught to put off that old self which is bent by deceitful desires, to have your mind changed, and to put on your new self, born afresh to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
So each of you must put away lies and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin.”   Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, and don't give the devil a foothold.  Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any soiled talk come out of you, but only what is helpful for encouraging and equipping others, that it might benefit those who listen.  And don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Deliberately shed all bitterness, rage and anger, yelling and slander, along with every malicious intent. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.   ~ Ephesians 4:17-32 

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