Devotions

Lesson Twelve • Devotion Devotion #2: Speak Up

God’s Word tells us with grace and love, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:3).

Have you ever felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to speak up against a potentially sensitive or personal topic? We are talking about speaking the truth of God’s Word with grace and love here, not stating our opinions. Speaking up can be very difficult! Confronting sin, and having tough conversations do not often come easy.

After being led by the Holy Spirit, did you speak up?

Was it received well?

If not, did you then question whether you should have said anything in the first place?

If you have had feelings of regret from either not speaking up when you felt called to, or from questions whether or not you should have, I pray you are encouraged by an example we see from the Apostle Paul.

In the following passage, he is talking to the Corinthians regarding a letter he sent, speaking out against their ungodliness. In 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 (NIV), Paul says, “I did regret it – I see that my letter hurt you.” Of course, our intention and desire are never to hurt the people we love. This can be a difficult thing to work through, but beauty lies ahead! “Though I did regret it – I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while – yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended.” He goes on to say, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.”

Though difficult, Paul’s letter helped the Corinthians realize their behaviors and ultimately turn them to the Lord! His courage to speak up is what drew them closer to God.

Galatians 6:1 reads, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

“Lord, I pray for the ability to speak Your truth with grace. Help us to be encouraged by one another, have thought-provoking, biblical conversations, and call out sin, ultimately leading each of us closer to You. Thank You for Your Word and thank You for Your Church. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”



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