Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Truth Hurts

By Andrea Merrell

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


The words were not easy to hear. My flesh was prepared to rebel, but my heart was ready to receive. It was one of those aha moments when we know God is sanding off the rough edges and polishing us for His glory and purpose.

Sometimes the truth hurts, but it might be exactly what we need to hear.

We can get so caught up in our own little fantasy world that we fail to see the areas in our life that need work. That’s when we need to look into the mirror of God’s Word and listen to the counsel and advice of trusted friends.

Who do you allow to speak into your life? Proverbs 27:6 (NLT) says that wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Shallow praise and empty flattery will get us nowhere. But words spoken from a heart of love—by those who truly care about us—will help us break out of our self-imposed boundaries so we can move forward to where we need to be.

Yes, the truth can be painful, but we need to look past the words and find the truth in the message.

(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/Stuart Miles.)

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