Week 15, Day 4: Worth Passing On

         Passing on the good news of the Gospel is not easy in every situation. Sometimes our zeal is tempered by the uncertainty of how our message will be received. Without a doubt, there is some value to thinking before we speak, especially since we are told that by “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all {aspects} into Him, who is the head, {even} Christ” Ephesians4:15 (NAS).

        First Peter1:22 tells us, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart” (NIV). Genuine love won’t allow me to let my loved ones continue their involvement in anything that will ultimately hurt them. Romans 12:9 tells us, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (NIV). And First John3:18confirms this when the elderly apostle says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (NIV).

  •  With whom do you need to share some Scriptural truth with today?
  • What message do you want to communicate?
  • What is the Biblical basis for your message? In other words, is your message for your friend or loved one backed up by something God wants that person to know? What scriptures substantiate your message?
  • Ask God about how you should communicate your message. Humble yourself to carry the attitude God would have you carry into the conversation.
  • Ask God to supply you with the perfect time and place to communicate your message.
  • Have two or three prayer partners cover your meeting with prayer, even having them praying while your meeting is in progress.
  • Expect a favorable result.

 Prayer of Supplication: Lord God, take over my thoughts and my mouth as I share _____ (the issue) with ______________ (your friend or loved one’s name). Let my message be Your message. Let my concern not be a selfish one aimed at what’s best for me, my ego, or my reputation. Erase anything in me that is not coming from pure motives. Give me the mind, attitude, and love of Christ as I communicate Your truth to my friend. May the outcome bring You glory.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on April 12, 2012.

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