I was recently going through some old bulletin material and I ran across the following words. I do not know who wrote them but we all need to read them:
“If you are my friend, if you are concerned about my soul, give me the truth. Do not flatter me. Do not praise my virtues while remaining silent about my vices. Do not fear that the truth will offend me. Do not treasure our friendship, our friendly relations, above my salvation. Do not think that by ignoring my sins, you can help me. Do not think that being blind of my sins will prove yourself charitable. However I may react to it, what may be my attitude toward you after you have done it, GIVE ME THE TRUTH!
For the truth, and only the truth, can make men free from the shackles of sin, strengthen me in the pathway of righteousness and lead me to the joys of heaven. If I am wavering, weak, lukewarm, indifferent, neglectful; if I have been overtaken in trespass; if I have been drawn into the pleasures of this world; if I have left my first love; if I have been led astray by error; or if I have done none of these, but simply need to grow in knowledge and to be edified, GIVE ME THE TRUTH!”
The above words are pointed and in harmony with biblical teaching. Take note of what the Bible says about the truth:
• “Know the truth” ~ John 8:32
• “Love the truth” ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:10
• “Obey the truth” ~ 1 Peter 1:22
• “Walking in truth” ~ 2 John 4
The philosophical world denies that truth is absolute, objective and attainable. The religious world has virtually adopted the same view. The Lord’s people must oppose such notions. We must all be humble enough to correct our lives according to the truth.
“Buy the truth and sell it not” ~ Proverbs 23:23
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” ~ Galatians 4:16.