“On Hating Truth, Godly Friends & the Cost of Doing Right” June 6

 

hating truthThe cost of doing right: Doing right may mean risking a friendship or popularity. It could mean the loss of a job or finances. It sometimes costs something very precious to us, even our lives, to stand up for righteousness.

We, also, need friends who will speak the truth to us, but, many times we choose those who will tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear. Others actually hate the truth because it interferes with their lifestyles.

 

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 21 & 22
Psalm 71.1-8
Proverbs 18.3-5
John 15.1-27

 

1 Kings 21 & 22:

The cost of doing right

What a great reminder in chapter 21, the story of Naboth, that sometimes when we do what’s right there is a cost. There are times, as in Naboth’s case, when it costs something very precious to us, possibly even our lives. but we have to leave it in the hands of a sovereign God and trust that He knows just what He’s doing!

A while back I read Eric Metaxas’ book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. (If you enjoy biographies or history or you just want a deeper understanding of what it means to be a believer in difficult times, I highly recommend the book.)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor. He was one of the few men who stood up to Hitler and it cost him his life. He was hanged (in an act of sheer revenge on Hitler’s part) just 3 weeks before the war ended. He was only 39 years old when he died, but his life, his writings, and his story have impacted generations. Continue reading