Monday, August 27, 2012

Truth that Sets Us Free~ Day 27 (31 Days of Wisdom)

Wounds from a sincere friend
are better than many kisses from an enemy. ~ Proverbs 27:6, NLT

The truth hurts.

It's not easy on our ears,
our ego
or our heart,
and yet, how we should covet the honest words of a faithful friend:
the words of truth that bring confession,
dropping us to our knees
and into the hands of our forgiving God.

Just like the words Nathan spoke to David. (2 Samuel 12:7)

Thinking his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the consequential prearranged murder of her husband on the battle field were well hidden and out of sight, Nathan confronted David with words that cut to the very heart.

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"You are that man!"

David confessed.

God forgave.

Then, David continued his journey, pursuing the heart of God.

Yes. The truth hurts. There is no getting around that. But, the truth can also set us free. The pain has a distinct purpose; to open our eyes to the real us, and our need for a real God.

As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17, NLT

When truth is given to us, we have a choice to make.

We can resist it and in anger turn away from it.

Or, like David,

we can run to it,

embrace it,

be broken by it,

and be all the closer to God for it.

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