THURSDAY, MARCH 11
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
Galatians 6:1 (NLT)
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH OTHERS TO TELL US WHAT WE NEED TO HEAR
Broadway producer Jed Harris once became convinced he was losing his hearing. He visited a specialist, who pulled out a gold watch and asked, “Can you hear this ticking?” “Of course,” Harris replied. The specialist walked to the door and asked the question again. Harris concentrated and said, “Yes, I can hear it clearly.” Then the doctor walked into the next room and repeated the question a third time. A third time, Harris said he could hear the ticking. “Mr. Harris,” the doctor concluded, “there is nothing wrong with your hearing. You just don’t listen.”
Mike reminded us in the message on Sunday that there are times when we don’t want to hear what someone has to say but we need to hear what they have to say. Proverbs 29:5 says, “A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.” That means when we would rather flatter people than tell them the truth, we are part of the trap they are walking into with their unwise choices. Sometimes the most loving thing we do is tell someone God’s truth for their life even if it’s hard to say and hard for them to hear.
Who are the people in your life that God has used to tell you hard truths in love? If you don’t have any of those people, perhaps you need to realize their value and open up yourself to what they have to say. Let the people who love you enough to tell you the truth know that you are grateful for them.
Thank God for wanting you to hear what you need to know and not just want you want to hear. Thank Him for loving you enough to want you to experience His best.