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Embrace The Awkwardness

It is amazing how far people will go to avoid confrontation. We work hard to protect ourselves against rejection. We make sure to stay within the bounds of political correctness, respecting the privacy, feelings and beliefs of others. Yet, because we are so mindful of the awkward moment, we miss out on opportunities to serve and help those around us.

We should always be sensitive to the limits of others; but there is a difference in being careful and being timid. Timidity has to do with fear — fear of rejection and punishment, of being called out, embarrassed and labeled. God has not supplied us with a spirit of fear, but has equipped us with power, love and self-discipline.

All of God’s children have been called to represent Him in this world, to mirror Jesus through our actions and words. This can only be accomplished by His perfect love, never by fear, for “there is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out all fear” (1 John 4:18). As we experience God’s love, our confidence grows and the fear of rejection and awkward moments melts away.

Reflect

  • What parts of your life lack self-discipline, power and love?
  • Who have you avoided talking to about Jesus out of fear of awkwardness? How can you reach out to him or her this week?

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