“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instructions”. 2 Timothy 4:2
In one Sunday service an announcement was made towards the ladies in the church about dressing appropriately in church. It was further mentioned that from henceforth whenever a lady goes to that particular church when inappropriately dressed; she will be spoken to in love. As I consciously checked out my hemline, the gesture of this rebuke stayed with me.
In a story of the Good Samaritan we see 3 different men who came across a badly beaten person. Despite being perceived as godly men, it is only the Samaritan whom Jesus Christ noted for his correct response to this man in pain Luke 10:25 -37. In our walk as Christians, there are times when we are either the ones in need ….having been beaten up by the enemy; or the one to respond to a need faced by another person…needs if not given due attention could lead one to the path of destruction.
How many times do we see loved ones doing something contrary to the teachings of our LORD and we chose to keep silent? You know that homosexuality destroys lives – should one keep quiet as it hits hard the young generation? Abortion kills and ruins the lives of the mothers and kills children, should one quietly stand by while a friend discusses and considers it? When a friend mentions their sexual immorality, should one quietly listen and nod in agreement to their reasons? If you know that deceitfulness is wrong, would you encourage a friend to do a business which although will enrich them; will de-link them from God?
Speak up! Sin is sin and its consequences are real and devastating.
We are surrounded by many people who have heard of Jesus Christ; but do not know him as a friend, Lord and Savior. Talking about the love of God to man could lead one to Salvation; and enable them walk as a Christian …based on love and obedience to God. Isn’t the possibility that they escape the eternal torment worth their anger at us today?
Yes, there are issues in life which are hard to talk about because of their ability to bruise one’s feelings; and yet while it may seem like a kindness to keep quiet about it; God expects us to talk about it in love…. we are each other’s keeper Genesis 4.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. God will not hold us guiltless.”
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6: 1-2.