The Right Words Used in the Wrong Way

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 16:16-40.
As Paul and his fellow-workers went about doing the work of the Lord, a girl followed them, speaking the truth about them, but she did it in an annoying way, “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation'” (Acts 16:16, 17). Look at her words. She spoke the truth, but she would not let up and continued relentlessly, “And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour” (Acts 16:18). To get an idea of the problem, picture a girl standing behind you, speaking a short and true statement about you and she never stops. Would that irritate you? Would it interfere with your work? Now you have an idea of why Paul became annoyed at this girl.
You can speak the truth, but be sure that you do not become an annoyance to people.

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