That’s what it takes to be truthful, but do you ever find yourself saying:
“I’m not mad!”
“It’s no big deal!”
Yet, inside, you’re crying, seething and aching.
Genuine friends tell it like it is. They aren’t hurtful; they aren’t hateful. They’re honest though. True friends recognize truthfulness as the foundation to long lasting relationships.
No honesty, no friendship.
If a friendship is based on falsehood, when hard times come, the relationship crumbles.
Believe me, I know how hard it is to be honest. I have gone to many lengths to get around telling those closest to me how I really feel. Fear of rejection whispered to me “the truth turns others away”. It wasn’t until I felt the Holy Spirit challenging me on my lying ways that I began to make changes.
Jesus commands us, “put off falsehood and speak truthfully”.“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Ephesians 4:25 Follow his command and build relationships that last a lifetime.
Jesus, I am terrified to be honest. What if they reject me? Help me to fear disobeying you more and trust that as I am truthful, I’ll create long lasting friendships. Amen