Kindness, not Sarcasm

Sometimes It's the Messenger, Not the Message

Christians can sometimes be self-righteous and sarcastic.

But it's important that we try not to be.

Speaking the truth in love will make some people angry. 

But speaking it without love will make most people angry.

That's why Scripture says, "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone" (Colossians 4:6).

Whether talking to an unbeliever or a fellow Christian, we should choose our words kindly.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:29-30


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Sometimes It's the Messenger, Not the Message


18 comments:

  1. Your trip sounds thrilling! Hope you have tons of fun! :)

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  2. Gail, I've enjoyed the photos you've shared from your trip. Very good point you make here this morning.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. So glad you've linked up.

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  3. Hi Gail! I finally added your button to my website so I could link up : ) Your posts have been a huge blessing to me, and I so appreciate you sharing my button with everyone. Thanks!

    KM
    www.lessonsfromivy.com

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    1. So glad to have you linked up, KM. I always enjoy your blog hop.

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  4. Ohhh - thanks for the shout-out! :) What a lovely picture of you on the Sea. I hope your enjoying your visit and your time over on this side of the big puddle.

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    1. Yes, here we are in the same country as you, Rosilind. Thanks for linking up.

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  5. Hi Gail - I hope you are enjoying your few days off. Its good to rest. and....ouch! I do sometimes catch myself thinking I do that better or I'm better than that. Great food for thought
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks, Tracy, we're really enjoying our time.
      I know I am a recovering Pharisee...but I have to really be careful to keep recovering and not slip back into my superior self-righteousness. Thanks for linking up.

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  6. Ha ha ! You must read my post today on Accountablity. Have a great weekend :) Enjoy your travels.

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    1. No, dear, it was NOT you : )
      I think it's appropriate at times to point out error, but this post was very sarcastic and superior sounding. It would never have ministered to someone caught in the sins she described.
      And I have to fight this type of attitude in myself, as I said. We Christians find so many reasons to feel superior to other Christians...Bible versions, Bible study methods, mothering choices, schooling choices, denominations, etc.
      And I just want to fight my tendency to become self-righteous.
      Love ya : )

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  7. Yes indeed, there's only Commenter whose comments count! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  8. Good thoughts - and something we need to be on guard against. Hope you are enjoying your days in Croatia!

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  9. Loving as He loves is the hardest thing -- impossible without the indwelling Holy Spirit! Thanks for the great post & for hosting the linkup! Have a wonderful vacation!

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  10. Great post! Sometimes I get "turned off" by bloggers who use a holier-than-thou tone when trying to state their reasons for doing/not doing something. It is so important that, if we're going to point out a sin (hold the other person accountable), we do it with a selfless motive and a loving spirit.

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  11. I really enjoy these One Minute Devotions. They are very good points and are really as long or as short as you need them to be. They often provide a quick word for the day and something to think about for the remainder of the day. I really enjoy them Thank you

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  12. It reminds me of a post I did for my Yahoo Group. I was going through the late Stephen R Covey's Seven Habits, and I came to the Habit "Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood." I fear we come into a situation like Job's three friends did. We are quick to condemn, but slow to understand the situation of the other person. It's no wonder we lose so many people and make them a twofold child of hell rather than speak the truth IN love and save them in the end.

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