Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Day 18 - A New Kind of Honesty

Sometimes the truth is more important than feelings. But as Tom Holladay warns us, the truth alone is not enough.

"When we are honest, we will always be 'speaking the truth in love' (Ephesians 4:15). It takes both - truth wrapped in love."

When someone has done something (or when you have done something) to cause pain in a relationship, there are two ways to confront that truth. You can drop it like a bomb or you can deliver that truth with love in a constructive way. It can be hard enough for people to hear what you have to say. When we communicate without love, no one is going to hear what you have to say, no matter how much truth there is in what you have to say. So while truth is the foundation of communication, love is the mortar that holds it together.

Day 19 - God Is in the Conversation

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