Honestly! Is it that difficult to be honest? Sometimes, it sure is! “What do you think of my new outfit?” “Honestly? You’re way too old to be wearing that, and it makes you look fat! Plus you, pretty much, look like a hooch!” Or maybe, “Isn’t she the most beautiful baby you’ve ever seen?” “She’s ok, but the most beautiful I’ve ever seen? Not hardly.”. We’d never be that honest.
We all need people in our lives who will shoot straight with us. I mean, do you want to go out looking like an idiot? I’m very blessed because I have several of those people in my life. I’m guessing there’s no need to name names, however, I will give you a few examples.
My husband, Steve, will shoot straight with me on most everything. Once I was trying to decide which song to sing for a women’s meeting. He was quick to tell me which one was a big ‘negative’. Once, I tried on a dress I’d bought and asked him how it looked. He asked me where I’d gotten it. I answered, and he told me I needed to take it back. Needless to say, I didn’t wear the dress!
Did that bother me? Not at all! I want someone to be honest with me; but those are the easy things. What about when someone calls us down on how we may be behaving, or handling a situation? That’s a little more tough to take isn’t it? I know it is for me! I like to think I’m usually right! Plus, I only need someone’s opinion on the things I choose. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Or rather, that’s not how it’s supposed to work.
As people of faith, we’re required to hold those we love accountable for their actions. Not to say that we are to get onto them, but when we see someone headed down the wrong path, we aren’t supposed to just sit back and watch them self destruct. Our job is to lovingly, and prayerfully, be honest with them. What they do with what we say is up to them, but we definitely need to learn to have boldness in holding each other accountable.
Do you want to have to answer for something you should’ve done but didn’t? Do you want to have to answer for allowing a friend to fall into sin because you were too scared to say anything? And worst of all, do any of us want to answer for not telling a person about Jesus when we have the chance, and them possibly dying and going to hell? I know I sure don’t!
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to start being honest and bold! We need to hold each other accountable so that we can be more effective for God’s kingdom! It’s time to end complacency and start doing what we’re called to do! everything we’re called to do, not just the things we enjoy doing! Who’s with me? By the way, has anyone ever told you that hairstyle isn’t very becoming? 😉
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. Galatians 6: 1-3
My brothers and sisters, if one of you wanders away from the truth, and someone helps that person come back, remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner’s soul from death and will cause many sins to be forgiven. James 5:19-20