When the truth hurts, don’t run from it. Run toward the truth and learn to live in that truth.
My pastor is a spirit-led pastor. His sermons are based strictly on the word of God, and when he preaches, the congregation is sure to hear and feel the Holy Spirit directing them.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
Speaking of the Truth
I enjoy every sermon that my pastor delivers. I appreciate that I am being led by a man of God, a man who seeks wisdom from the word of God as it is written in the Bible. At the same time, I must tell you that there were times early on when the pastor would say something that smacked me right in the middle of the face. And, I would sit quietly in the pew, listening but agitated that the pastor would give reprimands from the pulpit.
Now, let me make it clear about one thing. The pastor never called me out by name; in fact, the ultimate truth is that the pastor never actually directed any of his sermons toward me. What I was hearing was the Holy Spirit convicting me through the pastor’s sermon.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
One time after one of the pastor’s sermons, I was feeling rather rebuked; I arrived home with my husband and finally told him that I didn’t like what the pastor had to say about such and such. I told him that I didn’t want to go back to a church where the pastor felt free to chastise from the pulpit.
I was surprised at my husband’s response because he said the same thing that someone had said to me many years ago when I was a very young girl. He looked me squarely in the eyes and said,
“Well, when the truth hurts, maybe you should examine your head and your heart. Because, if the pastor is delivering the word, then he is delivering the truth and if the truth hurts, you need to see what it is about the way you think or the way you feel about that subject.”
Bah bam! Hit in the face again!
My husband was right. He didn’t hold back any punches when he reminded me that when the truth hurts, I need to examine myself and determine what it is about me that I need to change. Running to another church to try to find a pastor whose “truth” doesn’t hurt would not solve the problem. And, not going to church at all would be the worse decision of all.
I listened to my husband who is uncannily wise about many things. I calmed down and realized I needed to learn what to do to change those things in me that kept me from being the wholesome Christian I desperately wanted to be. I needed to keep going to church and stay seated and continue to listen to the messages my pastor delivered until the change in me occurred. I needed to stay and hear every message until the truth didn’t hurt anymore.
Thankfully, my attitude changed; my heart changed; and I came to appreciate what the pastor says about everything. I trust his messages because I know his messages are messages that are directed from the Holy Spirit.
The Truth Will Set You Free
Yes, sometimes the truth hurts. But, sometimes it takes being hurt for us to realize we need to make a change in the way we think, the way we feel, and the things we do.
The truth will set you free from the bondage of a life filled with false hope. When the truth hurts, don’t run from it. Run toward the truth and learn to live in that truth. When we live a life based on truth, we live a life that is pleasing to our Lord. The truth will deliver a life filled with love as only our Heavenly Father can deliver.
May you live in truth.
Song of Hope
The following song is inspired by John 14. It is a song that relates to the fact that the Spirit of Truth lives inside of us, guiding us.
Title: Spirit of Truth
By: Phil J. Riegler
© Phil J Riegler Music June 26, 2014