Good morning people who speak the truth in love
Acts 5:27-28 Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
These religious leaders tried to excuse their own sin by deflecting away from themselves and focusing on what the apostles were saying. In essence, they were saying, “Hey, we’ve done nothing wrong! Don’t try and make us look guilty by what you are saying about this Jesus.”
Let me make something abundantly clear: Our speaking the truth does not make people guilty of sin; their own actions do.
The high priest was guilty for the death of Jesus. Peter’s teaching simply exposed his sin.
Leaders, please speak the truth of God’s Word – always. People perish for a lack of knowledge – people need to know the truth if they are ever to be able to live free.
BUT speak it in love.
Someone being wrong is not license for us to attack them.
The heart of God is always reconciliation; a restoring of relationship. We should always speak the truth to help people reconcile with God. Therefore love is the correct motivation for speaking truth – always.