I have no problems being blunt and direct when making my comments on Hubs. There may be some who consider it rude. So if this is true, when Jesus Christ called Scribes and Priests "vipers", was he being blunt or rude?
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Exactly Jennshealtstore, The ego drive the negative, compassion drives the positive. I am lucky, through years of work, when I am mean I laugh at myself. We all know what mean is.
I can't count how many times someone has lied just to be nice. I see many christians that have done this just to spare someones feelings. If one can alway be nice and honest then great, I'm all for it. Thanks jennshealthstore
Ericdierker- you wisdom continues to impress me. It is always my hope that what comment we read it causes us to think first. I like to think that be blunt and direct is just the rough side of being honest.
What is this nine fruits of the law. I have not heard of this.
I mean 7 fruits, not 9, and the are from Gal 5:22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Thank you for pointing this out to me Swordof ManticoE. I learned something new today.
I prefer all my comment to be kind in nature, however being blunt and direct is an option I never rule out. There's the right time a place for it. As a christian the most important of any comment is honesty. And you're right, it make sense. Thanks.
Seanar: Thanks for the thoughtful response to a difficult question. I think you are right and it would be ideal if every Christian could remain truthful and gentle. Sometimes a Christian is called to rebuke or reproach and this threatens the ideal.
It's never my intent to belittle anyone in my coments , but at times it may come out sounding like it. And like you said , " even when the truth hurts". And this even applies when it's directed at me. Thanks snapbackbetty.
Are you saying that "tickling" is sometimes a better approach to getting your point across? When a feather is wielded, it is definitely a less blunt approach ;)
Right on, Planks!!! :0) I think good judgement needs to be employed at all times, thus one should never come out stronger than is necessary. We need to dilute the potency of our words with love whenever applicable, but sometimes the truth stings.
I believe we should alway be honest regardless of which way it's going to fall. Being good and nice should always be our goal, but not at the risk of misleading or lying to someone. So I'll use a feather or a hammer, which ever one is honest..
And, I will use a feather, hammer or sledgehammer whenever it is needed. At the end of the day, truth should never be compromised in the diluted waters of diplomacy. Sometimes there is no easy way to soften the blow, because the truth can hurt.
Augustine said people love truth when it enlightens, but hate it when it convicts.
Thanks, Planks...I think I will submit that juicy little nugget to memory. :0)
Deep Minds- Every opinion, regardless of the subject, is based on belief. It is not always a requirement to have facts or proof for ones opinion.The absent of proof does not make the opinion right or wrong. In many cases opinions are based on faith.
I agree. What I mean is that If we're discussing a subject (like greatest boxer). If you say it's Mike Tyson, then it would be wrong for me to say your OPINION is stupid. Instead, if I disagree, then i would say "I disagree, Ali rules, here is why.
I agree that it's important to argue the opinion and not turn to personal attacks. This is easier said than done because some people have a hard time separating themselves from their behaviors and opinions. Some even consider their opinions sacred.
I have found myself falling into the trap of commenting in anger. Because of this I try to avoid arguing. Healthy opinions are good to talk about provided we all can keep our cool. In some cases being blunt and honest to make our point is important.