11.9.17 – Gal 4:16

We’ve all experienced a time where we needed to be blatantly honest with someone we are close to. I assume this is where the phrase, “The Truth Hurts” came from. From where I sit most of us don’t handle these situations very well, we either come over the top with our advice or we don’t say anything at all. I’ve found neither of these to be a particularly successful way to handle conflict. In dealing with my son, there was a period when the iron fist was my go to method to offer correction. It soon grew tiresome and it was if I was speaking to a brick wall. When I changed my delivery, communication and understanding were reestablished. Ephesians 4:15 – Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he was mystified by how they had turned away from what he had taught them. He offers evidence of their turning away from the gospel. He speaks to their posture of defense and to some, the offense they felt was being committed by Paul’s words of correction. Paul did what he did because he cared for these people. He didn’t want to see them turning away from the message of Jesus, so he spoke up.
We can’t go a day much less a few hours, without hearing how someone has been offended by something. Offering “unsolicited advice” can be a risky proposition. However, from time to time, we all veer off coarse. We need people in our lives that are willing to risk a conflict for our greater good. The truth is if we truly love our fellow man, isn’t it incumbent upon us to speak truth into their lives?
Galatians 4:16 – Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?