When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for b their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. – Ezekiel 3:18
As a servant of the Lord, we can’t control people’s response to God’s word, that’s their choice. Our responsibility is to tell them the truth in kindness (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Peter 3:15). We need to tell people the truth about sin, and redemption. Even in smaller things we need to be honest because God charges us to look out for each other. If we don’t tell people the truth, then God will hold us “accountable for their blood “ (Ezekiel 3:18). Just as when a watchman ” sees” the sword coming and doesn’t blow the trumpet to warn the people is accountable ( Ezekiel 33:6)
When you see someone making a harmful decision, what’s the right thing to do?
A) Talk behind their back, laugh, and spread gossip.
B) Go on about your business, and act like nothing is happening.
C) Speak out with kindness and persuade them according to what’s written in the Bible.
D) Be resentful and scream at them.
What God’s Word Says…
According to God’s word we are to ” C ” speak out ()with kindness and persuade them away from harmful decisions. The golden rule is to “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” ( Matthew 7:12 NLT). If you were going down a road of pain and death, wouldn’t you want someone to direct to a better place?
Dear Heavenly Father, we adore you, we praise you because you are just, we confess that we need you, thank you for Jesus who makes us righteous. Please help us to SPEAK OUT with kindness, and persuade people from harmful decisions. Amen.
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. – 2 Timothy 2:24 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17