Loving enough to tell

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Ezekiel 1:1-3:15, Proverbs 23:1-3

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Ezekiel 3:14-15 (NKJV)
14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

REFLECT
Ezekiel was given one of the most amazing visions ever recorded in history. In fact, he saw the living God, and survived. But instead of being on cloud nine. the prophet’s heart was rooted to the ground. He felt for his fellowmen, and wept for their plight. The Lord has given him a hard message for the exiles, and he wasn’t sure how he could tell it to them.

RELATE
I’ve been in somewhat similar situations, when I know I have to speak the truth in love. But it’s hard, and awkward. I don’t like seeing people offended, or angry with what I have to say. I would rather keep quiet. But alas! If I keep quiet, I would be responsible for their continued folly. If I stay silent, they might go the way of no return. Do I love them enough to risk the hostility? Do I care enough to turn them from sin, and death?

REST
Lord, it is so difficult to love. But love I must. Help me to care enough to declare the truth, and to pay the price.

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