Activate: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Tim 4:2
Elevate: What is truth? It seems like today everyone has their own version of what the truth is. The very thought of more than one truth is ridiculous. The simple fact is there is only one truth and anything other than that is a lie. We have a world of people believing lies and rationalizing them as ok.
I hear people make statements as if truth is determined based on personal preference. It is sad to say but we live in a post-Christian culture. Where truth is based on how people feel in the moment not on God’s word. Since this is how our culture has decided to live, that is why we have many people confused about how to treat others with dignity, sexual orientation, when life begins, the importance of work, Jesus the Savior and so on. Now I know some of these sound like political issues. It is not my intention or heart to spark a debate but the Bible is clear about each of these. The reason I mention them is to challenge every believer to speak the truth in love.
Both love and truth have their place in seeing a heart transformed. But at no time are we to shy away from truth and only give love. The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. Love is to help encourage the sinner that forgiveness is always available. Yet, truth is also vital. The Bible says that the truth will set you free. That is what all people long for. Freedom from bondage from the lies that so easily ensnare them. Let’s be people of compassion and also people of conviction, only then will we be able to speak the truth in love. I believe whole heartedly that you have something to say. You can be a positive influence that leads people with love and exposes the lies that leave them hurting.
Cultivate: Resist the urge to look the other way when someone is sharing an ungodly opinion. Instead come up with a creative way to show love while communicating truth with someone you work with or go to school with.