Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Thursday, 5 September 19:
[Note: Here is a short video overview of Isaiah 1-39: https://youtu.be/d0A6Uchb1F8%5D
2 Timothy 4:2 — “Reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience.”
In a large part, Christians have lost the essential skill of rebuking with patience and gentleness. Some think we shouldn’t be rebuking at all. If you truly love others, you must be willing to tell them the truth. If you are truly loving, you will tell the truth in a loving way, for the other person’s benefit rather than yours. Be careful not to tell the truth merely to get what you want or to defend your own position, which is ultimately selfish and unloving; it also makes you the focus rather than Jesus – ambassadors never represent themselves. If you can’t speak truth unselfishly and unemotionally, hoping merely for the best for the other party, it is usually best to just keep your mouth shut and pray for them. Never let pride get in the way of your mission of reconciliation – “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) –5 September 19: Today, “reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience.” Whatever the issue, use it to point to Christ.