I wonder if the refining fire of suffering for Christ might be an essential part of the sanctification process that the American church is largely missing out on.
Nehemiah led the people in truth and justice.
Justice looks like Jesus.
Jesus wasn’t afraid to come down into the details of someone’s life to bring them hope and peace. So why can’t we do the same?
Truth without love can be harsh and critical.
Honesty with empathy is welcoming and kind.
In a world that’s full of conflict and division, yelling and proving others wrong, empathy can be a rare place of safety. And I believe this is what many are longing for.
Originally posted on Work in Progress:
I love talking with certain people because they think so differently than I do and, from…
Something powerful happens when someone comes alongside you and says “I’ve been there, it does get better, and I’ll be here with you until it does.”
There’s a time for giving advice.
There’s also a time for being present.
And it’s our job to know what time it is and respond accordingly.