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Speaking Hard Words

April 29, 2015

“Never speak hard words to someone unless your love for that person has formed a vision for who that person could become, a vision that generates tender feelings for the other.  And never speak hard words if you discern that you are demanding a change in another for your sake.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Encouragement, Page 51

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there someone in your life to whom you may feel the need to speak strong words?
• Have you taken time to allow the Lord to sift your heart of anger or other hidden motives that pursue your own agenda, instead of God’s?
• What life and freedom would you love to see God create in the life of that person?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your conversations, whether comforting or painful, so that you can offer an invitation for the other to move more deeply into the likeness of Jesus.

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