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March 5, 2016

In Nehemiah 2:11-16 we get the full scoop on Nehemiah inspecting the broken down wall of Jerusalem.  “Then I said to them, ‘You can see the trouble we have here. Jerusalem is a pile of ruins, and its gates have been burned. Come, let’s rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so we won’t be full of shame any longer.’  I also told them how God had been kind to me and what the king had said to me.

Then they answered, ‘Let’s start rebuilding.’ So they began to work hard.” – (verses 17-18)

Nehemiah inspected the wall because he needed to know exactly what he would be dealing with in the rebuilding process.  After he knew the full truth he talked to all the people.  He talked straight up to them, paraphrased, “We all know we’ve got a mess here.  Let’s rebuild this wall so we won’t be ashamed of where we live!  We can do this!  I brought supplies and I have more coming.”  He didn’t ignore it because it wasn’t going away.  He didn’t avoid the “elephant in the room”.  No, he got right to the point.  He stated the fact that the wall was completely torn down.  He also didn’t fault them because of the condition it was in.  No, he was there to work hard on a permanent solution.

In some cases I am learning to be able to talk honestly.  In others, it’s like my tongue doesn’t work.  It’s okay to be honest, even if that honesty will hurt.

“Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times—speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” – Ephesians 4:15, The Living Bible


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