KEY SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 27:5 KJV “Open rebuke is better than secret love”.
Proverbs 27:6, says the following” Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful “.The man who tells you the truth, is the friend who loves you, whiles he who fails to tell you the truth about yourself is an enemy. Men PLEASERS who do not tell the truth, fearing the rejection and possible severing of relationship are the real enemies of these people. These issues must be made clear to all and sundry so everyone would be opened up, either to speak truth to his neighbour, or ready to receive the truth whenever it is given.
The truth must always be told in love to each other. Eph 4:15 KJV “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”: He says if the truth is shared in love, we would grow up to be like Jesus in all things. This reveals also that the truth could be told with an evil motive.
One Biblical example of speaking the truth with an evil conscience is in John 8:2-11. A woman was accused of committing adultery. They demanded that she be stoned according to the law of Moses. These people said the truth alright, but with an attitude to condemn the woman. Luke 6:37 tells us not to judge or condemn one another. At that moment the Lord Jesus spoke the truth in love to both her accusers and the woman as well. To the people he said,” let the man without sin cast the first stone”. To the woman he said “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.
HE succeeded in preventing the people from committing murder and saved the woman from guilt as well as the power of Fornication. We should not be men PLEASERS, yet we must speak the truth not to condemn people, but to liberate them from Satan’s manipulation.
Father I pray that all children of God come to terms with this truth. May the truth never be used to destroy, but to liberate men and women from satanic advantage.
Luke 6:37 KJV “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”:
Romans 14:13 KJV ” Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way”.