I have seen this play out over the last couple weeks in various ways. One specific. A family member that is not a believer and I were having a discussion that we have had 1000 times. Usually during this conversation I seem to coddle her or not say much at all because, well I just didn't think it would matter. I decided this time to speak the truth and pray it would be received in love. WOW....it opened the door to about a 1 hour gospel presentation. The only thing I did different was speak truth - God's word into this situation rather than comfort her with empty words.
I am challenged by this idea on both sides of the spectrum. I want my relationships to be ones of integrity across all spectrum's. I don't want to just do good for people but I want to speak good (truth) to them as well. I must say that heading back to my hometown will really be a challenge for me in this area. I became a believer when I was at college and haven't return there for any length of time since then. I was a good kid but I want people to really know that my life is different. This means living out these relationships with integrity. Please pray that God will give me opportunities there and that I will take them and not miss out on the blessings that come with obedience. We are headed to a dry and barren land!