Good Morning April 24

Yesterday I wrote about guarding relationships, and used marriage as an example. I think this applies to every relationship from parent and child, to friends, and even to the clerk in the store. With our fallen natures in a fallen world it is certainly true that not every relationship will be good, and with some people we may just need to part company. Paul wrote to the Romans saying, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”(12:18) As Christians we are ambassadors for Christ. We are not always bright and chipper, and there are times we do better just to be quiet, but when we do speak it should benefit those who hear. Paul counseled the Ephesians, “not to let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”(4:29) Another translation of this last phrase is “to give grace to those who hear”. Sometimes that grace come in speaking a necessary truth spoken in love, but the point is that our words should be beneficial to those who hear. This is a real part of guarding our relationships.