One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. Acts 18:9
Paul might have been tempted to keep silent because it could cost him his life. But here in the US, our constitution supposedly guarantees our free speech. Why, then, are so many of us tempted to be silent about the truth? It’s fascinating how “political correctness” has been used to bully so many people into silence. This is exactly the same fear that we dealt with yesterday, just in a different wrapper. (See yesterday’s devotion for some thoughts on the fear of man.)
In Ephesians, we are told to “speak the truth in love.” The truth is powerful, transformative, and Jesus said it would set us free. Speak prayerfully (listen first!) but then, in love, share the truth that you hear. But whatever you do, when the truth needs to be shared, do not be silent! No fear.
For reflection: Is there something you know you should say, but have been afraid to? Why are you afraid? What will happen if you speak? What will happen if you keep silent?
Lord, teach me to speak the truth in love. Help me to not to fear what people will think of what I say, or even how I say it. I want to listen for Your voice and then speak Your words. Whether it is encouragement, correction, or rebuke, let me speak what is necessary—in love—and not be afraid.