The Truth...Doesn’t Hurt
Have you ever heard the phrase, “The truth hurts?” While this can be true, I’d argue the truth doesn’t hurt...at least not as bad as the lie, especially after it has been uncovered. If you read the Bible, it won’t take long for you to find out that God hates a liar.
Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight.”
It doesn’t matter if it is the biggest secret of your life or the smallest most insignificant detail, God wants you to tell the truth. Sometimes, we withhold the truth because we think about the pain it will cause the people we love.
We know what they think of us and their expectations of us, and we don’t want to disappoint them. So instead of telling the truth, we kick the can down the road, and we tell what many know as a “little white lie.” But let’s call it what it really is: a LIE. A lie is a lie is a lie.
And though telling the truth might hurt, it doesn’t hurt as bad as it will when it is found out, and the person knows you lied on top of it. Plus, oftentimes, waiting and letting the lie linger just ends up hurting the person even worse when they find out it was really true after all.
Tell the truth. It seems simple, yet so many people struggle with it. Quit avoiding the hard reality, and just put it out there. Don’t tell people what they want to hear; tell them what is true. God loves when we tell the truth.
He hates when we lie. It really is that simple. If you don’t want to hurt the people you love, tell them the truth. The truth doesn’t hurt as much as the truth compounded with a lie. Be someone who tells the truth, even when the truth isn’t easy.
Pastor Ed, your seventh paragraph here is powerful. This is what I, and I’m sure others are praying for you to do. Tell the whole TRUTH. Don’t tell the people what they want to hear, tell the truth! There isn’t time to waste. Jesus is coming soon! Trust in the Lord. You don’t have to understand it all. Just continue to be lead by the Holy Spirit as you said Sunday that you are trying to do.
By the way, how the offering was offered to those in need this week has made my decision to return my tithe to CBC !
May God continue to bless you and watch over you and your family.