The Doorpost: Speak the truth in love

Ray King

You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 

—Leviticus 19:17

When we see our brother do something foolish or sinful and don’t say anything to him, it is not a sign that we care for him. It means we do not care what happens to him or may even be hoping something bad will happen to him. Instead, we should be open and frank with him, speaking the truth in love.

Remaining silent may result in harm to him, and it may even bring harm to us. We can incur sin because of our silence. We also see this principle at work in God’s instructions in Ezekiel 3:16-21.

In James 5:20 we see the good that can come from following this verse, “… whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

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