Sometimes I see things in myself which prompt me to reflect a little deeper than usual.
And sometimes those reflections bring me to a truth that seems a bit harsh.
But Jesus never sugar coated His words. And His words are truth.
We are the ones who like to sugar coat everything. We have an insatiable desire for sweet, pleasing, easy. We sugar coat things to such a point that the truth seems bitter.
But Truth should be sweet—like honey.
“How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)
His words are truth. Truth is sweet…
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 18:32)
His words are truth. Truth is what makes us free….
The world says truth hurts.
Sweet freedom hurts?
Oh, friend, we have it so backwards!
Truth is liberating!
Before we can truly understand this though, we need to be convinced that God is a good God.
He doesn’t shine the light of Truth in the dark corners of our hearts to hurt us, but rather to heal us from hurts that are hidden in those dark corners.
The truth doesn’t hurt—-lies hurt.
Is the truth always comfortable? No.
And yes, uncomfortable can be painful.
But the sting of the truth does not have to last. In fact, it only lasts when we don’t allow God to turn it into good.
Remember, He works all things for our good. (See Romans 8:28)
Even the ugly truth about who we are without Him—-especially the ugly truth about who we are without Him. If we will allow Him to renew our minds, He can turn that ugly truth into something redeeming and beautiful.
However, if we choose to continually wallow in pain and unforgiveness, bitterness and pride, we are not doing ourselves any good. In fact, it might be that we are trampling the blood of Christ and negating the sacrifice He made for our freedom. Ouch.
And sadly, we hurt the cause of Christ.
Who wants to run to a God we say makes all things new, but hasn’t done so in and through you and me?
I have learned, the hard way, that when He sheds light on truth, it is well worth investigating it, dealing with it, and moving on so that we can be live in the freedom He purchased on our behalf.
And with that freedom, we can show the truth of His love to others who are bound up the same ways we were when He found us.