As I get older, I am learning that the conversations that I am having and that I will be having will not always be easy/comfortable to have but just because the conversations will be harder, does not mean I ought to refrain & avoid having these conversations. Time after time, I have found myself afraid to speak the truth out of fear of rejection/ridicule so I have remained silent when I really had the opportunity to speak the truth to someone; and most of the times I leave the conversation wishing that I had said something because I KNEW I had something to contribute to the conversation. Not in that “ I know it all” but in that the Lord gives us the truth not only to be kept to ourselves but to be told to somebody. In Zechariah 8:16:, it says “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace”. God did not tell us the truth and then tell us to keep it to ourselves. He told his disciples to go out into the WORLD ( Mark 16:15).
What I am realizing is, if we do not speak the truth then we are not handling the truth as God would want us to ( which is being disobedient). Now, the world does not want to hear the truth because in hearing the truth, it means that they will be accountable for their actions/behavior. So, what does the world do sometimes ? They insult you, reject you, persecute you, deny you, and mistreat you. But who do we serve, God ( who is the truth) or the world ? The bible says in John 15:18-19: 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” God gave us the truth, saving truths, and how can we keep this truth to ourselves when it ought to be told not for our own glory but for God glory/honor because we are serving him.
Now this also brings me to say that sometimes we avoid conversations because we want to avoid the topics that are hard to speak about ( as if they are not REAL issues/problems/scenarios) but if people do not hear it from us, then they are just going to hear something from somebody else; which may/may not be the truth. I say this to say we ought not be afraid to have conversations, full of grace/seasoned with salt, about everything! God is truth and what I see is God is becoming/has become more absent from our conversations and this is NOT how it ought to be. The truth needs to be said in every conversation and in the right way. Let the teenagers hear from us, Christians, what God has to say about sex because he sure has something to say about it! Let the young women hear from us, what God has to say about abortion because he has something to say about that. With God being out of our conversations, one may think God does not have something to say about X when in fact he does. In Ephesians 4:15, the bible says “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ”. We need to speak the truth so not only we can grow but also the people around us can grow up in truth.
Avoidance/rejection of the truth does not change what the truth is; it just means we will not be the one to speak the truth if we do so. The truth sets us free, John 8:32, and that truth is something every one can have. A lot of people are living in bondage, are living in confusion, are living in pain, are living in darkness…but YES, YES, there is truth waiting for them to set them free! We can not set them free but we can let them know the truth so that HE, God, can.
Have a wonderful & safe weekend….