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Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, March 11, 2019.
Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people. Proverbs 11:3
Add A Little Love
Anytime someone says to me, “Do you want me to tell you the truth,” I become concerned. You see we have become so used to not telling people the truth that we have to ask permission to do so. This means that in day to day life we are accustomed to shading, obfuscating and outright lying because we don’t have permission to tell people the truth. So we make sure that we tell as much of the truth as we think will be comfortable without offending someone or hurting their feelings. We make sure that we leave out some parts and color other parts, all to make sure that we have told something that is not quite a lie, but also not quite the truth.
The problem is sometimes we need the truth, and people willing to tell it. What makes that difficult is there are some who will use the truth as a weapon. That is why we have terms like being brutally honest or telling the ugly truth. It is because the truth can hurt and it can reveal some ugly things, but that does not make not telling the truth the answer. Simply put, those who would tell the truth must be able, to tell the truth in love. When you tell the truth in love you start with your love for the person before you tell them the truth. You start by understanding that what you are saying may be uncomfortable and possibly hard to hear but you love them enough to be there with them, help them, and comfort them with love, no matter what the truth is.
We really do need people who are willing, to tell the truth. Truth is the guide that allows us to make good decisions, live righteous lives and be in right relationship with one another and God. But, the truth comes with responsibility. Truth comes with the responsibility to always act in love. Truth comes with the responsibility to always act kindly. Truth comes with the responsibility to share it and then be there afterward for healing and picking up the pieces. Yes, we need the truth, but the truth has to come with love.