My apologies for the lateness of this post this morning. After my faithful annual holidays I am a bit rusty, but the Proverbs passage for today reminds me…
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid”
Therefore I will endeavour to be more disciplined and will accept your correction!
The passage goes on to speak about truth.
“An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips endure for ever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. 21 No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. 22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy”
Truth is a most precious commodity for the Christian community. Jesus claimed to be THE ‘truth’ while Satan called the father of lies. The world is forged on lies just as Satan is the prince of this world.
As Christians in community we grow in character through truth spoken by each other. We foster accountable relationships through truth-telling. In short, we forge TRUST together. However, sometimes it’s not deception we set out to practice but rather ‘death by politeness’. In our attempt to preserve shalom (peace), truth can become the casualty as we spare each other from words that might otherwise help us to grow in self-awareness, maturity and Christian character. Because Jesus is the ultimate truth-teller we must be careful truth-tellers also and be known as a truth-telling community. Having said that, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”. We must learn to tell the truth in love as Eph puts it. All truth should be seasoned with grace and should aim to bring healing and build up.
And so we come to Eph this morning where Paul prays for the Ephesus Community of Grace to be built up in the ultimate truth…
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation…enlightened eyes of our hearts…that we might know with assurance the hope that jesus has won through the power of his resurrection—the resurrection that changes everything!
Have a truthful day