It seems that my house is a buzz of constant noise these days. Whether it’s from the sheer volume of six people constantly interacting, the energy of multiple teenagers, our revolving front door that welcomes a regular flow of neighborhood kids, or it’s dishes clanging or music playing or football fans cheering… the amount of conversation and volume that flows through this place on a daily basis is staggering.

A lot of times we get it right (and have a whole lot of fun in the process).

But sometimes we get it wrong. Personal expectations and opinions rise to the surface. We’re tempted to convince ourselves of half-truths that promote our personal agendas. The sinful overflow of our hearts comes gushing out of our mouths before we have a chance to filter or stop the words we wish we would have never said.

We love Jesus in this house.

Every single one of us. And we love each other deeply. But we’re a passionate lot, and it’s a daily battle to slow down, take our thoughts captive, weigh our words carefully, and replace any selfish and sinful motives with the content and tone of the fruit of the Spirit.

You too?

If we struggle to stay humble, kind, and to live out God’s Word as believers in our own homes and churches, how much more challenging is it to stand strong in a world that vehemently opposes the very God we serve?

Culture will tempt us to compromise God’s truth. It will distract us with a thousand different political, social, and personal worldly agendas. If we’re not on guard and grounded in the Word, we’ll miss opportunities to be salt and light in the darkness because we’ve allowed ourselves to be sucked too deeply into the current foolish controversies at hand.

[I’m going to bet you can rattle off a few foolish controversies that have touched your lives even this week.]

The question isn’t whether or not we will face them. It’s how we respond in the face of controversy that has the potential to either cause further division, or shine the opposite-world love of Jesus into the darkest places.

“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness…”  – 2 Timothy 2:23-25

There’s a time to speak up. But when we speak, let’s make sure we speak life…

Spread kindness.

Teach truth.

Endure patiently.

Correct gently.

“Because through your witness, God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth…” (vs. 26)

And if you don’t feel confident that you can speak with kindness, truth, patience, and gentleness? Friend, then maybe you’re not quite ready to jump into the conversation.

Delete that text.

Backspace that comment.

Step away from the noise. 

Don’t call that meeting just yet.

Instead, nestle into that quiet place where you and Jesus meet. Open God’s Word and invite Him to speak life and healing and truth and holiness into the rough places. Repent of sinful pride and of words misspoken. Ask for God’s wisdom to replace man-made wisdom, and ask for a true, Spirit-led heart transformation. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will prepare you to speak truth in love when the time is right.

Let’s talk: In what circumstance do you find it most difficult to live out today’s verses? Our team would be honored to pray for you today…

At His feet,

 

 

 

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