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Keep it Real
by Brian Cuningham

I have served in ministry for 8 years and have noticed that the higher levels you go, the higher the devils. There are people who know about your successes like David but yet still insist on pointing out your deficiencies or flaws instead of helping by "keeping it real" or truly honest. Now, the word of God is profitable for reproof or to humble those whom are called unto the purpose. Just as Jesus states, my sheep know my voice, I call them and they answer. I believe that in leadership you must know the word in order to practice the word. There are people in the church who have crept into leadership who don't truly have the fruits of leadership growing in their life. Therefore, you have people who tend to be critical of each other, envious and live like people in the world. A wise man will increase in their understanding of people enough to look into people lives in ways that they can help their growth in the Lord if there appears to be an actually stump in spiritual growth. Yet, I must exercise the fact that in order to correct someone else on a manner 1st get the manner out of your own life. You never benefit yourself looking at someone else’s ailment and not your own. The bible says in: Matthew 7:3-5

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"

Furthermore, I also want to bring up the notion that if you walk in offense, never bottle it up, but go to that person and let that person know the offense, to see if it can be worked out privately. Check out this scripture from Matthew 18:15-17

"If your brother sins against you go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over."

The reality is that we have to open our mouth and let people know how we feel or how we desire to be treated. Offense settles when we can't "keep it real" when it comes to certain matters- which eventually destroys us and the relationship. One thing that used to amaze me about talk shows was when I would see contestants who were bitter with one another because of offense that went unattended to and lead to distrust of each other and bitter resentment. I think it's time for the body of Christ to grow to maturity enough to know that we must "keep it real" and tell the truth to each other about our feeling. That is not truth integrity when we "bottle up" feeling or play submissive in times when we need to speak up for ourselves. Then we have a problem with Christians not being lights in the world. Well my only guess is because we are sometimes afraid to keep it honest with one another. Until next time, realize that true bible humility incorporates honesty and integrity. In order to live an honest life we must not be afraid to confront each other in a loving manner. God has given each of us the tools to walk in love with our brother and sister in Christ as well as with humanity.

Author Resource:- Brian Cunningham IFM, Inc

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