We all have those friends who tell us what we want to hear, whether it’s true or not. They may flatter, agree, affirm, and even encourage what may be a lapse in judgment or an attempt at seeking validation. Perhaps we cling to these words out of desperation; after all, we want to hear what makes us feel good. Sometimes the truth is too painful. Ouch! Yes, the truth can be difficult to hear, but isn’t it freeing?
I distinctly remember reaching out to a friend, desperate for help. All I wanted to hear was a checklist of things to do, so that the results I wanted could be assured. Her voice was calm yet firm as she told me the truth that God was in control and to rest in His peace. No checklist was offered. Instead, my soul felt the deep impact of bold truth, even though it was so difficult at the time to wrap my mind around. Because of her truthful declaration to me I felt safe, vulnerable, and encouraged. It was as if God Himself spoke the exact words of truth He wanted me to hear. The truth was heard loud and clear.
When we finished our conversation my heart felt lighter because she had loved me by speaking truth to me. I am now more mindful how much sharing truth with others can greatly impact lives. Listen closely to what truths God may be speaking to you while using others to be His voice.