Truth is exposing – bringing to light the evil that loves darkness. And while deception might be sweet to the ears, it eventually brings much harm. In love, we must let the light of truth shine bright.
There are some things we just don’t want to face. Bringing hidden secrets to light is uncomfortable and disruptive to say the least.
And often we don’t want to change or don’t want the hassle of having to deal with the issues once exposed.
As such, we tend to gravitate toward those who tell us what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear.
But wisdom reminds us that the wounds of a friend are better than the deceptive kisses of an enemy.
A true friend will tell us the truth even when it hurts. While it may be hard for us to hear, and even for them to speak, their love compels them to tell us what we need to hear.
On the other hand, those who simply flatter us are not pursuing our best interest in the long run. While they tell us what we want to hear and make us feel good, there remains a cost to ignorance and not knowing the truth.
This was the case with a certain king of Israel.
Rather than consulting a true prophet of God he surrounded himself with hundreds of false prophets who told him exactly what he wanted to hear. But, of course, God’s truth prevailed in the end.
We must watch out for those who simply sweet-talk us. They become enemies of goodness when truth is denied or otherwise hidden.
Truth is not always pleasant. But however disruptive, it remains good.
Bring the light of truth throughout your life and relationships and discover God’s best.