With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of the people, if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, I’ll be completely frank with you—we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.” Acts 4:8-12
I think it’s time the church took on Peters attitude to speak the frank truth of the gospel to those around us. Instead of being intimidated and cowering in fear of offending someone. We should move in boldness, rise up and speak the truth, not be super agreeable with twisted thinkers just to keep the peace.
It’s time we allow the Holy Spirit to move us out of our comfort zone and into the spotlight. To take our lights out from under the baskets so that the light in us can shine the way to the truth and the freedom it brings. No more excuses! No more fear! No more intimidation to conform!
There’s a world of hurting people out there and we all know that hurting people hurt people. Stop being offended when they lash out at you. Smile and tell them Jesus loves them and so do you! Do what Jesus said to do, pray for those who are hateful and hurtful. Pray for their healing, spirit soul and body. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:10-12:
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”
So there you have it. You can speak the truth in love, but be frank with them. You represent the Kingdom of God and that’s a good thing! Like the old chorus goes, “Be bold! Be strong! For the Lord your God is with you. Be bold! Be strong! For the Lord your God is with you. I am not afraid, no no. I am not dismayed, not me, cause I’m walking in faith and victory, come on and walk in faith and victory for the Lord, your God, is with you.” And all Gods people said, AMEN!