My heart aches when I hear of a Christian leader who steps down from ministry because a hidden sin got revealed. I’ve been affected by situations like this and can’t imagine how many others are hurt and traumatized by this. How can we guard against hurting ourselves and others in similar ways?
A crucial gift that God has given us is Christian community. And by community, I don’t just mean Christians who hang out together but friends who lovingly speak God’s truth in grace to keep us on the right path. This is the kind of community the Bible encourages us toward.
Proverbs 10:11 says, “The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain.”
Ephesians 5:12 says, “We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
Will we allow others to speak correction to us? Will we use the safety net that God graciously gives us?