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The truth. Who am I? What do I stand for? How do others perceive me? Hearing the truth to these questions is sometimes very difficult. I was so messed up and treated people with no respect, so the answers to the questions were not always what I wanted to hear. I had a real hard time dealing with the truth. But it helped me heal. I am so grateful for honest, caring, uplifting individuals that God placed in my life that told it to me straight. Did I take offense? Sure. But God dealt with me regarding offenses and I was able to see past that into their loving eyes to see they were only trying to help me, not hurt me. I can promise you, that if I don’t see the truth and try to work through things, God will deal with me. He always does.

truth-hurtsJohn 8:31-32 – To the Jews who had believed him Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Ephesians 4:15 – Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

truth-hurts2I want to be mature and I want to be FREE! I feel like I have been stuck in my 16 year old mind for way too long. No wonder I couldn’t get it together. I can’t grow without the truth. I will still be stuck in my own fantasy world if it weren’t for the truth and I would not be moving to a new level in my walk with Christ. He says to speak truth in love. That is what others did for me, and it is what I hope to do with others. I no longer want to stumble on confrontation and getting all bent out of shape because I don’t want to hear what is being said to me, out of love and care. God wants me to get rid of the bad so that I can have what He wants me to have! I am my own stumbling block!!

John 16:13 – But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

truth-hurts3If I don’t submit myself to the Lord, then my life will not get any better and I will be stuck with a huge problem, being alone again….not a friend in the world who wants anything to do with my rebellious, stubborn, disobedient, rude, easily offended self. It’s time to get real and put on my big girl panties. Time to face the truth!!

2 Corinthians 7:8 – Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it – I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while – 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.