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The conversation no one wants to have

Often the hardest conversations we can have with people we love are ones where we speak into patterns of sin or destructive behaviors. As relationships develop over time, we will be both on the receiving and giving end of these conversations. Still, we find it difficult to summon the courage to speak up when we see our friends or family taking the wrong road. 

In 2 Corinthians, Paul is writing to the Corinthian church. Multiple times Paul speaks to behaviors he sees as counter to God’s truth and destructive for the growing church. In 2 Corinthians 2:4, we see how much it pained Paul to address their sin, but also how much his love for the church compelled him to do so. 

God is relentless in His love for us.

God is relentless in His love for us. He so loved the people of Corinth, he sent Paul multiple times to speak truth, even as they struggled with obedience to God’s commands. As excruciating as it was for Paul, God’s love drove him to write the tough letter — have the tough conversation. 

God will often give us eyes to see His truth for other people. These conversations will never be easy, but Proverbs 27:6 says, “wounds from a friend can be trusted.” If we have to deal a tough blow, we can be sure God’s healing will faithfully come behind us. 

Reflect:

  • What behavior pattern in a friend/relative/spouse's life is constantly on your mind? Pray through how God would have you address this.
  • What can you do to prepare for the hard conversation? What Scriptures come to mind? 

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