The Bad News They Need to Hear

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The biblical call to love will never force you to trim, deny, or bend the truth, and the biblical call to truth will never ask you to abandon God’s call to love your neighbor.*

In this post-modern world truth is redefined as the need to make it fit a particular situation arises.
And we find the command to speak the “truth in love”  much easier to read than practice.
In Luke 18:18-30 Jesus did not allow His love for the rich young man prevent Him from speaking the truth, He did not sugarcoat the bad news the young man needed to hear.
In fact it was because of His love for the young man that the truth was neccessary.
Sometimes we try to make the gospel attractive at the expense of truth. Jesus did not.
It was necessary to expose the central issue of this young man’s heart (idolatry) to allow him to make an informed decision.
“If you want to follow me this is what you must do.”
Truth isn’t mean and love isn’t dishonest. They are two sides of the same righteous agenda that sincerely longs for the spiritual welfare of another.
In 1 Corinthians 13 we read
“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things,hopes all things, endures all things.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
We often  find tension between “speaking the truth” to those who are caught up in sin, and loving them.
But real love finds no joy in sinful choices and lifestyles, that create unrighteousness that separates us from God  .
Instead real love rejoices in truth that Jesus proclaimed “sets us free”.
In reality if we are not willing to tell them the bad news they need to hear, (truth), we do not truly love them.
And our unwillingness reveals selfish desires in our hearts.
A desire for self preservation, to be liked, to not be criticized as judgemental, and harsh.
We must be willing to bear the burden of speaking the truth even when it is not popular. Believing, hoping, enduring for the sake of the One who loved, who died that all would know the truth.
Paul David Tripp writes
“Truth not spoken in love ceases to be truth because it is bent and twisted by human agendas, and love that abandons the truth ceases to be love because it forsakes what is best for the person.”
Amen
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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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