Josh Beaton 2

LOVE

JOSH BEATON

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all that you do be done in love.

 You’ve just been told that one of your best friends is sleeping with his girlfriend. He grew up in church with you and he’s been a part of your circle of friends for years. What do you do? Your first reaction is to tell others what he’s doing. Gossip a bit, slander a tad, and spread all sorts of dissent towards your friend to all your other friends. But what will this accomplish? Wouldn’t it be much better to approach your friend out of a place of love and talk to him about what he’s doing?

Confronting a friend one on one about something he or she is doing that is sinful is entirely biblical. But if it comes from a place that is anything but love then that person won’t hear you and will probably shut you out. Even if you do confront your friend out of love he may still shut you out because he doesn’t want to hear the truth, or he thinks you’re judging him. If that happens, keep praying for him and love him, and whatever you do, don’t gossip about that person. Be careful though about confronting your friends who aren’t Christian as they probably won’t understand and it might push them farther away. Be wise in this area and seek God’s guidance.

On the flip side, if you are living in a sinful lifestyle and one of your good friends approaches you out of love, don’t shut him or her out. Even if it’s embarrassing or hurts, know that he or she loves you and that God loves you. As Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently…Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

QUESTION 1. Are you afraid to confront your Christian brothers and sisters? Are you afraid they’ll not want to be your friend anymore?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever been called out by a Christian brother or sister? Did it make you angry? Embarrassed? Did it lead you to change?
CHALLENGE: No matter how hard it gets, or how much they push you away, keep loving people. And when you think you have no more love to give, love some more.