Text: Ephesians 4.1-16
Giving needed spiritual direction (an instruction or warning) can be one of the most loving (and most difficult!) things you can do for someone in your small group. We’re not talking about the “I know better than you” kind of instruction, but instruction that is kind, true to Scripture, and given in a manner where the recipient has a chance to hear and respond without being told what to do.
Because becoming like Christ is the goal of The Circle, any instruction we give should be to move toward faith and obedience. Spiritual direction needs to be given in an atmosphere of trust and biblical truth.
Today, because it’s easy to get off track in our faith, memorize Ephesians 4.15 in the New Living Translation: “Instead, 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.” Use this verse as a reminder of how we’re to speak into the lives of others as we help them be like the Christ.