Because when someone speaks the truth in love, it enables the listener to hear God speak through it. And that’s exactly what happened. By listening to her words, I knew that I need to take a careful look at what she had told me. And not only do I need to take that careful look, but I need to discern God’s voice in the truth that was spoken. Because there’s a difference between human truth (us humans being honest about what we feel and think) and God’s Truth. His Word, and His thoughts about stuff. Suffice it to say I am altogether certain that I have a big opportunity now to hear how God has used my friend’s heart and voice to show me some things I am quite certain He wants to show me.
The next time you think about withholding the truth, you might just want to think again. If you are clear that God is speaking through you, speak away. Sure, it takes boldness and courage to say the hard stuff. But when you know it’s God leading you, and you know God wants to speak through you, it’s worth taking the risk of how the listener might respond. After all, our obedience needs to be to the Lord. Just like my precious friend’s was this afternoon.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” Ephesians 4:15 ESV