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

 

On Hating Truth, Godly Friends & the Cost of Doing Right - The cost of doing right may mean risking a friendship or popularity. It could mean the loss of a job or finances. Sometimes it costs something very precious to us to stand up for righteousness. But it's important to remember that everything in our lives is filtered through God's loving, omnipotent hands. We are to be salt and light and trust Him for the results. We, not only need to be willing to stand up for righteousness ourselves, but we need friends who will speak the truth to us. Too often we choose those who will tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear. Others, especially unbelievers, actually hate the truth because it interferes with their lifestyles.The cost of doing right may mean risking a friendship or popularity. It could mean the loss of a job or finances. Sometimes it costs something very precious to us to stand up for righteousness. But it’s important to remember that everything in our lives is filtered through God’s loving, omnipotent hands. We are to be salt and light and trust Him for the results.

We, not only need to be willing to stand up for righteousness ourselves, but we need friends who will speak the truth to us. Too often we choose those who will tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear. Others, especially unbelievers, 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

 

On Hating Truth, Godly Friends & the Cost of Doing Right

 

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 couple of years ago, 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.

 

Hating the Truth

 

Lady making stop gesture with her palm, on a blue backgroundAnother important passage appears in 22.7-8:

“And Jehoshaphat said, ‘Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?’ So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.'”

“I hate him” because he doesn’t tell me what I want to hear! Maybe you have had that response from someone to whom you spoke truthContinue reading