I was reminded today that Jesus spoke the truth unapologetically.
Later this evening I laughed when imagining how Jesus would have sounded if He spoke the truth the way we do sometimes… sandwiched. Sandwiched between apologies. ” I’m so sorry…I don’t mean to offend you…truth inserted here…please still like me.” Seriously, it sounds ridiculous.
Speak the truth in love.
The example used: Think about Jesus’ conversations with Peter. (Read Matthew 16). Jesus asks Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter eventually answers, “The Son of the living God”. (great answer). Jesus says, “…the Father in heaven revealed this to you.” A paragraph or two later, Jesus tells Peter, “Get behind me, Satan”. No apology included.
Speak the truth in love, not in apology.