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Monday, May 25, 2020
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"For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.2 Corinthians 7:8-9

Speaking the truth treads heavy upon a person’s heart. 

The truth invokes emotions because it's attempting to do the necessary work of changing someone’s mind and/or heart, and that's good!  Love is the box that truth ought to be packaged in. 
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.”

 
It takes courage to speak the truth in love, especially when you know your audience as Paul knew his audience in Corinth.  God is able to work repentance in the hearts of people through sorrow, as well as other emotions.  We must trust in the Lord as we speak and encourage others.  As we speak, the Holy Spirit is able to – and often does – intercede to offer the truth exactly as needed.

 To Him be all the glory and honor and praise!

 

 


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