“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

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy + LINKUP

 

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyWelcome once again to Mondays @ Soul Survival. Each week I’ll feature a book that I consider a valuable resource. Some will be about relationships, emotional struggles, or other areas of practical living. Some are books that have helped me in my personal devotional life. This week’s selection, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas is a biography.

I enjoy reading biographies and don’t have the time to read nearly as many as I would like, but I read this one a year or so ago. To say the book impacted me would be an understatement!

In case you’re not familiar with him, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor, theologian, and writer (The Cost of Discipleship) who came into his own during Hitler’s rise to power in Nazi Germany. While many pastors and religious leaders were wooed into believing Hitler only wanted the best for Germany, Bonhoeffer refused to close his eyes to what was happening. He was a founding member of the Confessing Church, those who went underground because they refused to fall in line as Hitler nationalized the German church. They understood and taught that God and His Word must be the final authority in life.

Friends who recognized his importance to the true church in Germany got him out of the country and safely to America. But a couple of weeks later, convinced he needed to stand with the believers in his homeland, he was on a boat back to Germany.

He eventually joined the German underground, working selflessly and in spite of great personal danger, to save and protect as many Jews as they could. Over and over he demonstrated great moral courage in the face of unspeakable evil. Eventually, he and others decided Hitler must be stopped.

He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo Continue reading