Most of us aren’t bound by stout ropes and strong chains. There is no mighty argument that will win the day and set us free. No magic logic key. No instant rhetoric that will simply make the ropes and chains fall off.

Most of us are bound by Gulliver threads. A thousand tiny strands of deception and misunderstanding wrapped around our hearts and minds, with thousands of tiny knots and thousands of untraceable random weavings. In and out and through. Thousands of tangles growing tighter and more untraceable with time.These tiny threads must be cut one strand at a time—they cannot simply be untied. One thought. One misperception. One distortion at a time.

It takes time and patience and persistence.

And a whole lot of gentleness.

Most of all it takes truthful, wise compassion.

And genuine, committed friendship.

And it takes SHOWING truth at least as much as TELLING it.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. —Ephesians 4:15

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