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Feb. 23 Devotion: If The Truth Hurts, Then Change It

If The Truth Hurts, Then Change It

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. That’s a saying I’m sure most all of us have heard and even possibly said. While it sounds good, and is easy to say, sometimes words can hurt. We live in a day and age when some people know no bounds when it comes to just being flat out hateful and hurtful. They will use words to tear people down, torment them, and more.

However, sometimes those words that one may say could be truthful and hurtful as well. What if someone calls you out for something simple like being a bad golfer. What if it’s a more serious situation and someone says you’re supposed to be watching your sugar so you probably shouldn’t eat that candy bar. In these situations the people might not be trying to hurt your feelings or be mean, but rather just stating facts. Now what if the preacher is in the middle of a message and starts preaching on a sin and you feel like he’s been following you around all week? He’s just preaching what the Lord has laid on his heart. However, if there is truth in the message for you then maybe you need to address it. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Acts 26 when Paul is standing and speaking before King Agrippa. He talks in verses 5 and 6 about what he used to be and what he is now:

Acts 26:5-6

Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. [6] And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

Paul allowed God to do a work in his life on the road to Damascus. The truth was he USED to be a Pharisee and would persecute Christians. Not anymore! When we follow the Lord and His truth it will set us free! When someone tells us a truth that hurts then maybe it is something we need to change. It could be something trivial like laying off that candy bar or could be something more serious and we need to get something out of our life and get closer to the Lord. You are the one that can change it!

God bless you today!

Bro. Josh Richardson


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