Comment By R. Loren Sandford, September 6, 2019, Facebook

“Never assume that speaking the truth about repentance and holiness will make you popular, no matter how gently, lovingly and in the Father’s heart you present it. They threw Jeremiah down a well. They crucified Jesus. They whipped, beat and stoned Paul. Peter was crucified upside down. But when the opposition comes, we must guard against reaction and bitterness. Jesus never called us to react. He told us only to speak the truth in love. The exception to gentleness seemed to be Jesus and the Pharisees, as well as Paul in Galatians saying that those who would bring people back under the yoke of the law should castrate themselves, but that is another story and another context. For us, let Colossians 4:5-6 apply, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” And if this applies to outsiders, shouldn’t it apply all the more those of the household of faith?”