“You shall not hate your brother in your heart; but you shall surely rebuke your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:17-18 (AMPC)
When last did you speak the truth to your neighbor telling him or her the truth in love?
Today most of us keep quiet and mind our own business.
Yes, we don’t wont to interfere with anybody business.
However, God commands us to work and live in love with everybody.
The pure love of God in your heart encourages you to speak the truth to your neighbor.
“Don’t secretly hate your neighbor. If you have something against him, get it out into the open; otherwise, you are an accomplice in his guilt.
“Don’t seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people.
“Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God.” Leviticus 19:17-18
The consequences of not speaking the truth to your neighbor are that you not only partake in the sin, but that sin would eventually engulf the whole community as a result of your pretense that you did not see what is going on.
There used to be an adage of speaking the truth “no matter whose ox is gored.”
People have stopped talking the truth in situations they have seen as a result of fear.
God has not given you a spirit to fear but of love, courage and sound mind.
“For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.[ So never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor be embarrassed over my imprisonment, but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God! “ 2 Timothy 1:7-10 (TPT)
Again you may want to ask who the neighbor that I need to speak the truth to is?
The Bible is clear on who your brother or neighbor is.