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Master of the Gentle Rebuke

We have lost the capacity to speak truth in love. In our rush to shock…to win the argument…to put our adversary on defense, our language has become coarse, vulgar and threatening. I’m too often guilty of this failure myself.

I am called to speak even unwanted truth with gentleness and compassion. The harsher my language the more I force others to defend themselves, the more I degrade myself and undermine the truth.

We’ve all seen educated and sophisticated celebrities attack their opponents with such vulgarity and viciousness that any light they might have shed on the situation is lost in the darkness. Coarse vulgarity and civil discourse don’t co-exist.

Help me speak truth with grace and humor. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down.

AMEN

Scripture: “But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Colossians 3:8

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