Hey friends, how are you doing? How was your week? The weather has been cooperating this week. Can you believe a thunderstorm had the temerity to come calling on our anniversary date night? Truthfully though, I love thunderstorms; the lightning and thunder and heavy rains, I love it all, even on that evening, I enjoyed it all. I had to run in my heels (because, you know, gotta be cute) through the rain to the restaurant, but still we had a blast. The service and food was delicious and my company was the best part of the evening. By the time we left the restaurant, the rains had moved on to its new location, I was quite disappointed. I delight in the rain around bedtime.
Yesterday, I received some really discouraging news. I admit, it made me run to the Lord. My Source of comfort and strength has to be found in the Lord during times like these. This news did not affect me personally, but it was really disappointing. It brought to mind this verse is “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works.” – Hebrews 10:24.
It’s hard to warn our friends, when they seem to be heading into dangerous, spiritual territory, especially when the response is bound to be unsavory, which is usually the case. Most people, myself included, don’t like to be admonished and sometimes the initial response does not reflect the humility that our Lord has called us to practice. Sometimes, although I know I should, I hesitate at the thought of reprimanding others because of what I believe will be the reaction. Most times, I have to remind myself that part of encouragement is also warnings and reprimands.
Can I truly call someone my friend, if I fail to warn them of the dangers ahead? Am I loving when I allow fear to dictate whether I tell them that this way leads to death? Should I be content to remain on the sidelines because I’ve decided ‘it’s not my business’? Lord, forgive me.
Have you ever had to (I Thess. 5:14) ‘warn the unruly’? How did you do it?