Speak the truth in love

What joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
(Psalm 32:2; NLT).

1. Let all you say
Be honest:
“Yes, please,”
Or else, “No, thank you.”

2. Let all you say
Be humble:
“I’m sorry,
I was wrong.”

3. Let all you say
Be gentle:
“Don’t worry,
I forgive you.”

4. Let all you say
Be Christ-like:
Speak truth, in love,
Lifelong.

References

1. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Just say a simple yes or no (James 5:12; NLT).

2. Always be humble and gentle (Ephesians 4:2; NLT).

Keep a humble attitude (1 Peter 3:8; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

3. When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (Mark 11:25; NIV).

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-2; NLT).

4. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

It doesn’t matter


When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them,
so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
(Mark 11:25; NIV).

1. It doesn’t matter
If they don’t say thank you,
Or if, Lord,
People don’t reciprocate.

2. It doesn’t matter
If they don’t say sorry,
Or if they speak to me
With scorn and hate.

3. It doesn’t matter
If they break my heart, Lord,
Or if they make me suffer
Without end.

4. It doesn’t matter, Lord,
If they betray me –
I’ll still forgive them all,
And call them friend.

References

1. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:15-17; NIV).

2. We are mocked by our neighbours, an object of scorn and derision to those around us (Psalm 79:4; NLT).

3. Days of suffering torment me (Job 30:27; NLT),

4. Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” (John 13:21; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him (Matthew 26:48-50; NLT).