“This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth” (Titus 1:13-14).
The Lord is not granting us permission to be cruel or unloving; but gives us the command to protect the body of Christ from those who would harm it. Sometimes this requires a sharp rebuke. Be willing to stand firm in the Lord and say what needs to be said. Far too often people grumble, but say nothing. We are to stand firm in the truth and not abide with those who are seeking other things.
Lord, I cannot do this on my own. I have my opinions and my own sinfulness gets in the way. Where there is a situation that You give me the ability to do something about, be the One who leads me so that I do what You would have me do, even if that means speaking a sharp rebuke. Help me to not be a part of the wandering that many seem to be doing these days but hold fast to the faith You have given once for all.
Lead me, Lord Jesus. You know Your church better than I ever will. You have given us mercy and grace so that we can come into the faith You give. Help me to be bold in that faith and intolerant of the lies of the wicked one. For the sake of others, learning to love my neighbor, help me to be truthful even when it is painful. Teach me devotion to You and the Gospel which is my right to proclaim through word and deed. Amen.