A friend sent some pondering thoughts the other day. I have copied it at the end of this, so you can see how the Lord stirred my own pondering for this week. Most of us remember the movie “A Few Good Men”, and the famous line by Jack Nicholson, “You want the Truth? Well you can’t handle the truth”. I thought about this in light of my own life, the lives of God’s people, and how the same question and statement could be made to us.
Do we really want the truth?
Jesus says you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. It seems that many believers simply desire to live out of compromised paradigms, traditions, and religion, rather than seeking after the truth that will set them free. They say truth hurts, but it “hurt is so good”, when it can set someone free. If we are serious followers of the King and His Kingdom, it would seem to be a high priority for all of us to passionately go after truth. We must constantly declare, bring on the truth Lord, set me free to know you more and bring you glory through my life.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Hearing the Truth
I was speaking to the leadership team of a church recently about relationships. Do we know how to relate? Can we trust one another? What can we do to move towards greater trust filled relationships? As a coach and consultant, one of the biggest challenges I often witness is the fact that God’s people are so easily offended. Jesus promised we would be, and yet we will end a God ordained relationship over some of the smallest offenses.
One of the smallest offenses that often happen in people’s lives is when someone exposes them to truth. Let’s consider truth that is given through relationship and love with godly delivery and timing. Why then would the truth not be received? And even if timing was off, and the delivery was awkward, would not the truth still be The Truth?
Get Over It
One of the people I was coaching was painfully offended by a close friend. The friend had revealed some tendencies that this person may want to consider changing. This Relationship that had been forged for many years came to a screeching halt because of this. The client admitted that all that the friend had said was true. Instead of being offended, my client should have thanked this friend for loving them enough to speak the truth. It turns out that even family members and other friends were aware of these unhealthy relational habits, and said nothing.
A deceptive reality often presents the one with truth as the bad or unloving person. Kingdom of God reality presents those willing to bring truthful enlightenment, as ones willing to risk for the sake of His love and His freedom. Therefore the one that becomes obediently willing to bring truth to set the captives free, loves much. The one’s that hold back truth to a friend because of fear, must now question their agendas, bondages, or the ability to operate in Fathers agape love.
Keep in mind, that Jesus, being led by the Spirit, only spoke what the Father intended. So even in our humanity, we must be Spirit led in His ways. A word of truth fitly spoken should be intended to be divinely timed, delivered, and in the Spirit of love as we are led by Him.
Timing and language is critical. We can get in God’s way when we do not operate in high level discernment. Are we praying for this person? Are we coming with the heart of the Father, or the desire to be right? What is our motive? Many have brought forth truth maliciously and this is not God’s will.
Can You Handle the Truth?
So can we handle the truth? Can we live in His presence, hear His voice, and deliver His truth to those we love? Can we receive the truth? Can we receive it from those who desire the Fathers best for us? Can we appreciate truth from someone who can see truth for us, and yet lacking truth in their own life. Can we receive it even if the person’s timing, delivery, and agenda seem to be off? Can we have grace and appreciation for those who may miss the mark in their willingness to risk for the sake of truth?
Embrace the Truth, bring it on!
Truth is truth, can we receive it without rejecting the messenger. Let’s begin a fresh new journey of safe authentic relationships in which we begin to not only give permission, but insist on genuine, relational truth exchanges. These are serious days, and we must be serious about our relationship with the Father and with one another. This is a great season to be the overcoming church that Jesus lived and died for. Lord bring forth your transformational truth and we receive it in whatever form you bring it. Bring it on Lord!
A Few Good Men, by Vincent Sucec
Movie - "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Famous court room scene, "YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH !!!" If the nature of Truth is revealing the nature of things then wouldn’t He have to slowly do this ? If we couldn’t handle the truth wouldn’t the issue be US? So by nature then the Light is the Truth - illuminating areas that are closed or hidden.
The question to then should be Lord show ME where I am missing it ! This position in the Lords Light is not topical, it is not a matter of proving anything, it is entirely relational at that point - it is a matter of alignment to theTruth that already IS. A photograph is developed in darkness. A copy.
An original is appreciated, adored, honored. It is priceless. The Master Artist is just trying to teach us How to paint a true Original.
An original relates to an ultimate origin – to identity. The enemy is the father of lies. A lie is a mutation of the Truth - it is a copy - a re-production. We are all originals and plagiarism is akin to usury and envy ...