There are people who like to be praised they love it very much—praises are like wondrous music to their ears. But notice also the behavior of this very people when they are told about their shortcomings. They easily get angry even if the person who tells them about it does it out of love for them. Then, at the end of the day—the one who tells the truth out of pure concern and love becomes now the villain. The one to be persecuted, to be hated and the most extreme that may happen is that the person who’s telling the truth out of love may even be killed.
Sounds familiar isn’t it? During dictatorial regimes or even during normal democratic governance how many people simply disappeared and have never been seen again because they have the guts to tell the truth about the ills of certain regimes/governments.
In families, it often happens that when a bad decision of the most senior member of the family is contradicted by someone who is his much younger than him. The younger one is normally criticized and sometimes subjected to humiliation. This kind of incident is not exclusive to families—it happens also in friendships and organizations.
Sometimes the truth that is told with love and concern will hurts us but this same truth will liberate us and it will set us free.
It’s not also easy at times to tell the truth because it may create enmity with our friends and relatives. But who cares? As so long as we tell the truth out of love and concern—we need not fear anyone. Let us always remember that Jesus is always with those who tell the truth.
Are we like the prophet Jeremiah who was never afraid to tell what the Lord commanded him to do?
Are we like Jesus who boldly spoke of the truth in the synagogue even at the risk of His life?