"Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy." Proverbs 27:6 NLT
Thoughts for the Day
We have all heard the expression "the truth hurts." Because we know that hearing the truth has the potential of pain, we tend to avoid it and live in a world of half-truths and lies. After a while, we may even begin to believe the lies.
One delusion many of us cultivate is that we are better than we really are. We begin to congratulate ourselves as being superior to others. When someone challenges our delusions by telling us the truth, we respond emotionally and become defensive.
Consider This . . .
Would you rather receive false praise and flattery from people who don't care about you . . . or the truth, even when that truth is painful, from people who sincerely care? People who love you. Today's scripture points out that pain from truth sincerely expressed in love is better for us than flattery and other untruths from those who don't care.
God loves us more than we can imagine. He lives in absolute truth without any mixture of dishonesty or deception. God's truth is the enemy of delusion, hypocrisy, and hidden sin. God's truth is the light that reveals our true self and the standard by which he will judge our life.
We have a choice. Are we willing to face the truth-even when it hurts? Or will we try to hide from God and from ourselves by clinging to deception?
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