“One that loved not wisely but too well.” (William Shakespeare)

The test and defining reality of true Love and true Wisdom is Eternity.  It is good to comfort people with God’s comfort. But when we see someone struggling in sin and only give their life a hug and never dare to share the Truth, then we are actually enabling them in their bondage.  I call this “unsanctified mercy.”

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:6)

“And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

I am not saying that we should aggressively confront people or start out a conversation with the issue of sin.  The apostle Paul said that he wanted to be “all things to all men, that some might be saved.”  It is so important to meet people where they are, and to come along side them in their struggle.  But that is never enough.  At some point, we need to be God’s vessel for helping them move from where they are, past their sin, into the life and freedom God is calling them to.

“Instead, speaking the Truth in Love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)



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