Monday, August 27, 2018

Cream in My Coffee

By Andrea Merrell

 That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro
and carried about with every wind of doctrine,
by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of 
deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love,
may grow up in all things into Him
who is the head—Christ.
Ephesians 4:14-15 NKJV

I’ve always preferred my coffee black … until recently. Now, I find myself adding creamer, especially when the brew is too strong or not so good. It makes my coffee more palatable and easier to drink. Sometimes we need a little help.  As the song says, "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down."

That’s not a bad idea, but it’s amazing how we try and sugarcoat other things to make them more palatable—especially when it comes to the truth. Rather than confronting a person or situation with the power and authority of God’s Word, we tend to avoid confrontation and turn a blind eye, hoping the situation will go away or resolve itself.

The Bible tells us to speak the truth in love. The Truth—God’s Word—is referred to in many ways: meat, milk, water, and honey. But no matter the label, it’s easy to digest … no cream or sugar needed to make it go down into our innermost being and bring about the changes God desires to make in each of us.

Don’t allow yourself to water down the Word. Accept it as it is—living, powerful, life-changing, life-giving, and life-sustaining.

(Photo courtesy of Stokpic.)


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