Stand Firm and Love

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Welcome to the House of Hope!!! God Bless you all

This week I was reading a post from Dr. Jim Denison…..

In his excellent work, The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm & Love Well in a Culture of Compromise, Pastor Chris Hodges notes that for many Christians, “We mean well, but we don’t love well.” He explains: “Truth without grace is mean. Grace without truth is meaningless.”

According to Hodges, “People are ready for God, but they want hope, not a debate.” He adds that we must “connect before we correct,” since “reaching people is our purpose.” As a result, he warns, “The moment you make engaging with other people about ‘being right,’ you need to stop and check your heart.”

He quotes author J. S. Knox, who stated, “You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.” Hodges adds, “We have to earn someone’s respect before we can build a relationship. And we have to have a relationship before we can have influence.”

My life verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” -Acts 20:24

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