Sometimes The Gospel Offends

SOMETIMES THE GOSPEL OFFENDS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,

But what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Eph. 4:29 (NKJV)

In today’s world, it is not politically correct to offend others. We are supposed to tolerate everything. However, that is not the case for Christians, We are to share the gospel, and sometimes the gospel offends.

When we witness to someone, we need to choose our words carefully –without compromising the gospel truth. We need to give the gospel to them in love and in truth. If the truth offends them, that is fine, but if you offend them with unloving comments, that is wrong. We need to remember where Christ has brought us from, and if it were not for God’s grace, we could be in that person’s shoes, or worse.

Looking at our verse, you may wonder, what is “necessary edification”? It means that we are to uplift, encourage, and sometimes we need to give corrective instruction. Again, that must be done in love, not in anger, and not in a self-righteous tone. We need to make sure that we are not rushing into a rash judgment. Many times we don’t offer this type of instruction because we are afraid of a harsh reaction.

Now, let’s consider our own reaction to loving, constructive criticism. We usually feel offended when another Christian calls us out on something. However, when it is done in love, we should be thankful that they care enough to help us live a holy life. They are only doing what Scripture commands. When it is done in an unloving way that is when we need to forgive.

Christians have been given so much grace. Therefore, the words that depart from our lips should be words of grace. We should never hold back the truth of Scripture even if it offends, but we should give it in love that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Father,

As I go out into the world today, help me share the gospel with unbelievers. Help me share Your love with them and give me the ability to do this in a manner pleasing to You. Prepare the hearts of those I will encounter today. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Matt. 28:18-20.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Examine your presentation of the gospel. Make sure that it is given in love, but don’t allow love to compromise the truth. Who can you share the gospel with this week?

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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5 thoughts on “Sometimes The Gospel Offends

  1. Ruth

    I am so glad you have written this post. Political correctness dominates our culture, and the way that you have explained the importance of sharing the gospel, even with the risk of offending, is really helpful. Thanks for sharing at #raralinkup! 🙂

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  2. pamecrement

    Thanks for these sound truths we so often need to hear in the political correct culture of the day. We are living at a time when our courage is very much needed to be and speak as the Lord would lead so that His love can extend to those who so much need to know it and experience His grace.

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