Truth hurts. Truth stings. Yes, truth can hurt your feelings.
The word fool is mentioned in the King James Version of the Bible 258 times. Apparently sensitive people aren’t aware that hurtful words are being used by God.
No less than our Lord Jesus Christ used them:
Matthew 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
One might say, but that is Christ, he sees the heart of men. So of course he can judge and say that rightfully. Well OK, but that just proves the word fool isn’t evil per se. It’s just that it can only be used by God.
But then again, Paul used hurtful words as well:
Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
One of the forumers argued that Paul is an apostle and has authority to say that.
OK, so Christ and Apostles can say that.
But wait, there’s more:
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Stephen is no apostle. But he is a Christian. And he was stoned to death because of saying those hurtful words to those people.Ever wonder why Christ, Paul and other Christians were so hated? They’re just basically preaching something different, but why the dismay of people?
Because they are telling the truth to them and it’s hurting their feelings.
Titus 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
These words were spoken by a non-Christian. A man whom the people of Crete believed to be a prophet. But what did Paul say about that?
Did he say, “Oh please don’t say that, because that is unChristian, you must show love and forgive!”
Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
This witness (the Cretan Prophet) is true. It’s rightful. It’s necessary. Why? So that the people may be sound in the faith.
The Bible says:
Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
The Bible has a running theme when it comes to the truth. It should not be sugar coated. But what about those verses that the forumer Queen perpetually keeps quoting about love?
Well love has one major component:
Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Love must be without hypocrisy.
If somebody is accusing my little brother that he is just fooling people and making money from them, will I pretend not to notice and be totally nonchalant?
Sheesh… let us not be hypocrites folks. That is one characteristic that our Lord Jesus Christ hates. Be true to yourself. Be honest even if that honesty would hurt.
I think that’s enough, for now. I would like to end this post with a quote from a famous UP Professor, he already passed away, but his words still linger is the UP community:
“He who is afraid to make enemies cannot be expected to tell the truth,”
Note: Originally posted by Brix