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SHARING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

December 1, 2012

http://bible.us/r/5K.4.4 Today I am reading day 4 of Teaching Tolerance:

SHARING THE TRUTH IN LOVE

TALKING TO GOD
Ask God to give you a loving attitude toward people who are different from you and for the opportunities to share His love with them.

DIVING IN
Place a dab of toothpaste on your lips. Ask your family members to suggest how they would tell you that you had toothpaste on your lips if you were a famous actor. Have someone else put on the toothpaste and ask the family to address him or her as if that person were your pastor. Continue changing roles to tell a good friend, a school bully, a stranger and a grouchy teacher about the toothpaste on their faces.

GOING DEEPER
Just as it might be hard or awkward to tell a famous actor or a stranger that she has toothpaste on her lips, so sharing God’s truth can feel difficult. But authentic, biblical tolerance allows you to treat others well, even when you have something to share that they may not want to hear. Think about the way you role-played talking to someone you respected, such as a pastor or a famous person. You were probably careful to show respect and kindness as you shared the truth. By treating all people, including those who are different from you, with the same kindness and respect, you can more effectively share the Gospel with them. In Luke 10:27, Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Rely on God’s love when sharing His truth.

TALKING TO EACH OTHER
– Is it difficult for you to share God’s truth with nonbelievers? Why?
– How could you show God’s love to a friend who doesn’t believe in Jesus?
– What kind words could you use with someone whose opinion of God is different from yours?

Be Nice!

Ephesians 4:16 MSG

14-16 No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.

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