Saying it like it is

Is being filled with the Spirit displayed in passive, gentle expressions?

But Paul, filled with the Spirit,

looked intently at him and said,

And Paul said

“You son of the devil,

you enemy of all righteousness,

you are full of all deceit & villainy,

will you not stop making crooked

the straight paths of the Lord?

Acts 13:9–10

This doesn’t sound kind,
This doesn’t appear civil
This is far from gentle.

These are biting words,
These are pointed words,
These are sharp words
These are words directed at a particular person.

This is name-calling,
This is insulting
These are harsh words.

This is Spirit-prompted boldness,
There’s no mincing words

This is the exposing of the raw wickedness of the person he is talking too.

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