Speaking the Truth in Love Pastor Joshua Justice 15 April 2018
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artist: Pastor Joshua Justice
title: Speaking the Truth in Love
album: Joshua Justice
year: 2018
genre: Sermon (id None)
Ephesians 4:15 directs us to speak the truth in love, “edifying” the body. But what does this mean?  Living the Christian walk sounds so much more peaceful and loving than does the normal daily grind most people know.  Some think it will be problem free and all cares erased.  However, there is a reality to this world that often brings us up short.  Disagreements, disappointments, failures, broken dreams, and even some run into hatreds and unexpected opposition and hurts.  And yet, as Christians, we are called to walk in love.  How can we know if we are doing it well?  Jesus showed us the way and taught us the importance of operating first in truth and equally in the kind of love that is action and heart. No, it is not easy. Yes, it can be done. No, we cannot do it on our own.  Yes, we can do it when we realize that obedience to God is our first step in speaking, walking, and living in love.  We are told to love even our enemies!  How do you do that?  Not returning evil for evil, but responding with meeting a need, helping them unexpectedly, or just not railing back.  Behaving out of love is a choice, an action, and if you are doing it with the purpose of being a hope and help to others, the feelings you expect to be the first guide will come in response to your actions and heart choices.    Proverbs reminds us that "if you want a friend, you have to show yourself friendly."  That is how we, with no guile and no expectation of "getting something back", become the hand of truth and love to others.  Love is an action, a work that is cultivated like a productive garden. If you want the fruit of love, make the choice and put the work into it.   Salvation comes not from the work, but the work is done because we are saved first and by His grace.  We owe both the Lord and others to walk the walk of love.  Learn the attitudes from 1 Corinthians 13. Share yourself.  Be a friend. Speak up! Tell others about the Lord,   and always keep in mind that He is the way, the truth...and the love.    Access Pastor Joshua's notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sUHmvfV0AyCgc4x4_2vFi2vCXeqFe-Zw_i8P_nT0UC8/edit?usp=sharing     Enjoy his video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtDcRUHy83k     Copyright 2018   All Rights Reserved

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