“I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel” (Philemon 1:13)
Here is a second principle that is often brushed aside in the church. We have a hard time being honest. It is not outright lies, but dishonesty when we conveniently ignore what is true. We are given a principle that, even if it will cost us, we be truthful about the matter. Look at the need, look at the truth, and then speak both boldly and with respect and grace. The Lord is in control.
Lord, this is a difficult thing to do. On the one hand You call for me to be gracious and on the other hand, You ask that I be bold. Here is an example of the tension between these two in that moment. Help me to learn so that when if is my time to make this kind of decision, I may be bold in the right way of speaking and acting. Grant me passion for Your church and a willingness to live according to Your precepts.
Lord Jesus, You have come to lead the way through all of the turbulent waters that will come my way in this age. Teach me to always look to You first. Guide me to know that in You alone is all hope. Help me confess where I am weak and to walk cautiously when I am unsure. Through all things, guide me to know that You are the One who is leading me and that Your grace is sufficient. Amen.