Say It Anyway

          We’ve all heard the saying “The truth hurts.” One of the most famous lines in movie industry history echoed this truth about truth in A Few Good Men when Jack Nicholson’s character faced off with the attorney in the courtroom scene and shouted, “You can’t handle the truth.”

          Well, we may not want to handle the truth, but we need to handle the truth. Hearing the truth from someone who loves us may hurt, but it’s better than hearing it from an enemy. We know that those who love us have our best interest at heart. They are telling us what we don’t want to hear, but what we need to hear for our own good. Hearing the hard truth from a friend is like getting a shot from your doctor; it’s going to hurt, but it’s necessary for the continuance of your health.

           Proverbs 27: 5 – 6 says, “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (NKJ). These verses let us know that we should receive the truth from a friend in the spirit in which it is given—with sincerity and humility. These verses are also admonishing us when we’re on the other end, when we’re the ones giving the rebuke. Give it straight, but give it in a way that nurses the wound that the truthful rebuke will produce. Concealing our love by not approaching our friend will hurt more than help the situation. Yes, approach your friend in love, but say what must be said.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

 

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~ by sanewriter on October 15, 2012.

One Response to “Say It Anyway”

  1. I love the efforts you have put in this, appreciate it for all the great posts.

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