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Truth with love

I was reminded the other night how critical the manner in which we dialogue about the gospel can be either a barrier or a catalyst to someone actually hearing the gospel. I’m currently dialoguing with a couple of Mormon missionaries who’ve been assigned to my neighborhood by…well by whoever assigns missionaries there. We’ve met 3 or 4 times now which consists of a fairly formal conversation in my living room. Here’s what I’m learning. Though these guys are 19 & 20 years old and I am very confident I can build a more convincing case for Christianity than they can for Mormonism, I must speak truth to these men with love. My apologetics professor in seminary used to regularly caution us against winning arguments that lose souls. In other words, I must not let my prideful desire to be “Right” get in the way of loving these guys who need to know Christ & be set free from the lies they are currently believing. And especially with these guys who’ve been in mormonism their entire lives, it will take a friendship to likely lead them to christ more than an argument.

Then it hit me, this should be no different in any other relationship I have. Speak the truth with love. Never compromise truth (I’ve not once compromised the gospel with these young men). But I have arguments with my wife regularly where I have to be RIGHT and I need her to see I’m right. In doing so I may win the argument but significantly hurt her in the process. I will do more damage than good. I have to care for her in the way I approach conflict. Am I loving my wife & caring for her good in my word choice and my manner of approach to conflict? If I’m not, I am certainly not honoring God or following Paul’s commands in Eph 5 to husbands.

So this week at work, at home, etc, speak truth with love.

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  1. January 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Heh… Katie and I did the same thing with a couple of mormon fellows who were assigned to her neighborhood. I’m not sure how well I did, personally, but I didn’t want to just pussyfoot around while still maintaining the truth. I kind of swing from one extreme to another. I think the death knell was sounded when I dropped the Book of Mormon on the floor as a statement and as an epilogue dropped the Bible on top of it.

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