Prayer: Teach me through your Word, O God. In Jesus name. Amen.
Speak boldly with gentleness
14 I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness…
It is a good idea when trying to share with others to offer words of encouragement and appreciation before offering constructive words of guidance. Paul knew this practice well, as we see in today’s text.
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, is remembered today on the church calendar. Benedict died in about 547 A.D. He also created “The Rule of St. Benedict, with directs a balance among one’s spiritual life, daily work, and service. The Rule is a template on how to live in community. It calls followers of Christ to practice listening, humility, mindfulness, work, leisure, and hospitality.” It also provides a way to approach others when there are disagreements, or difficulties.
Our devotion writer further explains; “Sometimes it’s necessary to soften our attitudes in order to be heard. Paul does this by first affirming the people he addresses. He speaks truth boldly, but in gentleness.”
Prayer: “Loving God, give me patience to see the best in others. Through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Paul’s Reason for Writing So Boldly
14 I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. 15 Nevertheless on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God. 18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news of Christ. 20 Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news, not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.”