Recently, I had to speak the truth to one of my children. It was going to be hard to tell my child what I needed to say. In no way did I want to cause hurt. I love this person with all of my heart and would do anything to keep pain away. I struggled with how I would say what I needed to say. My gut ached as I walked up the stairs to my child's room. I prayed for Jesus to help my words not feel like daggers. I needed to speak truths, but I knew they would sting my little love.
The turmoil inside my heart boils down to love. I could choose to love myself and avoid talking to my child because I knew it would be painful to say what I needed to say. Or, I could put myself aside and think of what was best for my child. I love this person and the pain I would feel for a bit was worth the healing that the truths I needed to say would bring.
As I ponder this, I wonder how many times I have avoided truths because they were certain to cause me discomfort? I'm not speaking of selfish truths that cause a person to sting for no reason other than to build myself up. I'm referring to truths that ultimately help someone. When I look to Jesus, I see that He spoke truths each and every time. He did not sugar coat words to take out the sting. He spoke truths that were covered in love. I want every part of my life to be pleasing to Him, even when I am uncomfortable. My prayer today is that I allow Him to show me when I need to speak in love. I pray that I let the Holy Spirit give me the words and I won't rely on my sugar coated words that result in protecting myself.