“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9.
How will what I do affect others?
Do I care or do I just “tell it like it is?”
This verse warns against acting without interacting with God.
In a day in which I start tight with God, I will be most likely to know when to hold and when to fold.
Unattached to Him, I will speak the truth BUT not in His Love. Damage will be done needlessly.
Does this mean that sin shouldn’t be confronted? Certainly not, but it must be confronted with His Words and in His timing. That’s not an easy thing to do and this gets us right back to needing a non-stop tightness with Him.
Everyone we know very well has faults. They also have good qualities. We need to be as mindful of their good qualities as we are of their faults. A non-stop critic has few listeners.
“Lord, take every part of me over right now. Fill me with You, Your Words and Your Thoughts. Help me to see others as You see them. Help me to love others as You have loved me. I beg for Your Words this day. I want to rightly represent You. Guide me in that direction, I beg.”
Said anything you regretted lately? Been there, done that!