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The Truth Sets Free: Love people enough to hurt their feelings

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The truth of God’s word has the power to set the bound and broken free, but you must be bold (and loving!) enough to share it—despite how the hearer receives it.

Article by JC Culligan // EEW Magazine Spiritual Wisdom

Share Proverbs 27:5-6 reads, “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

But in the interest of “loving” everyone, mass amounts of Christians have put their faith on mute to appease a secular audience.  Reality check: love doesn’t only say the things that everyone loves to hear!

If a parent let their child walk into a fire, simply because they didn’t want to hurt the kid’s feelings by telling her or him that fire burns and they shouldn’t touch it, would you call that love?

No, you would call it ludicrous.

In the same way, we can’t be so concerned with injuring the pride and emotions of others that we allow them to walk into a lake of fire.

Here are 7 scriptures to explain why you should love people enough to hurt their feelings:

#1) John 14:6 (ESV)- “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” I don’t care how many people don’t want to hear it, I’m saying it: Jesus is the only way to salvation. Your kindness, friendliness and reluctance to offend will not serve as someone else’s freeway to heaven.

#2) 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)- “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” We do not speak the Word to please those we face on earth, but rather the One we will face in Heaven. Don’t add to God’s word or take away from it when someone disagrees with it. A non-believer’s refusal to believe the truth does not take away from its truthfulness. For example, if I disagree with you saying 2+2= 4, that does not change the fact that two plus two equals four.

#3) Romans 1:16 (NIV)- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” As a believer, you must be bold and unashamed! Dare to say that Christ is the only way to heaven and the Bible is the inspired, infallible word of God, even when you know that condescending stares, empty insults and fierce rebuttals will meet these truths.

#4) Luke 6:26 (NIV)- “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” If everyone who is obviously not a fan of Christianity agrees with everything you are saying, the word you are speaking is not God’s. Yes, kindness and living peaceably with others is found in the Bible, but you can’t only preach the feel-good parts of the word of God. A half-truth is a whole lie.

#5) James 4:4 (NKJV)- “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Just as a glass cannot be empty and filled at the same time, you cannot pander to man and please God. You must choose one.

#6) Revelation 3:16 (NIV)- “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” The Lord does not accept the double-minded as His own. If you are going to serve God, you must serve Him with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind (Matthew 22:37).

#7) John 15:19 (ESV)- “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” As children of God, we are going to be persecuted for what we believe (2 Timothy 3:12). The world will love you when you’re for its ways, but hate you when you’re for the Way.

You can’t risk being silent when it comes to the tough issues. There are too many lost sheep hiding in a crowd of those who hate you the most.

2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV) says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”

 The truth will save them. So love them enough to hurt their feelings, so you can direct them to the One who loves them best: Jesus Christ.

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