But what I would like to say is that the spiritual life is a life in which you gradually learn to listen to a voice that says something else, that says, “You are the beloved and on you my favour rests.”… I want you to hear that voice. It is not a very loud voice because it is an intimate voice. It comes from a very deep place. It is soft and gentle. I want you to gradually hear that voice. We both have to hear that voice and to claim for ourselves that that voice speaks the truth, our truth. It tells us who we are.
~ Henri Nouwen
3 thoughts on “Speaking the Truth in Love”
One of the greatest needs in this hour in the Body of Christ:
We either speak truth without love
we speak words of love and are unwilling to share ALL the truth that is needed to set us free.
2 camps.. both rooted in an identity crisis.
Thanks, sister. always blessed by what you share.
Thank you, David. Have you noticed that when someone says “I’m just speaking the truth in love,” they’re often not. They are often from the frying pan to the face school of correction. When God speaks the truth in love he tells you how he really sees you and reminds you that he gives you the empowering grace to step up to who he made you to be. It’s his kindness that leads us to change – because we DO need to change.
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I have… and it grieves me much. You said it perfectly.