Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Amos 5:1, 10, Galatians 4:16 NIV 2011

Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:

These are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detests the one who tells the truth.

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

Amos, God’s prophet from Judah, identified as a shepherd and farmer. His message was for the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Amos 3:1, “Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt.” A commentator stated, “Legal proceedings were conducted at the city gate.” Israel didn’t want to hear God’s Truth. Paul had concern for the church in Galatia. He knew the Truth, the good news of God’s grace in Christ, was the only way. Were they questioning the Truth he gave them? Boldly speaking the truth can cause conflict.

Show me the facts and data so I can make an informed decision. I have God’s Word as my daily guide for all things concerning truth. God’s given me prayer as a way to communicate my concerns and needs as well as the needs of others. It still amazes me when I respond after being asked to do something, “Let me pray about that,” how stunned some people are. Committing my life to Christ means He’s involved in decisions as well. I’ve found when I boldly speak the truth, sometimes its causes conflict.

How have we caused conflict today?

Standing for Truth,

S

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