I am fully convinced that "God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24, ESV). We count ourselves among those who take delight in speaking the truth, for God is our refuge and strength. We realize that telling the truth is sometimes inconvenient because sometimes people do not want to hear the truth.
In Galatia, circumstances came to be where Paul asked the people, "Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth" (Galatians 4:16, NIV)? How many of your acquaintances look like they want to scratch out your eyes because you speak the truth about their character or behavior? How many churches break up because groups within tell half-truths and sever the connection to pursuit their righteousness?
Some believe, as Mayor Buttigieg (2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate) said at a CNN Town Hall Meeting: "I get that one of the things about Scripture is different people see different things in it." This analogy is not new, and it is true, but it does not change the truth of any Scripture. What Mayor Buttigieg implied is that you have your truth about what the Scripture says, and I have mine. His comment reminds us of the need to divide the word of God rightly. "Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet's own interpretation because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:20-21, CSB). The Spirit of the Lord speaks through us.
The Word of God came directly to Ezekiel the priest and son of Buzi (Ezekiel 1:3) and to Micah the Moreshite (Micah 1:1). He spoke through His holy prophets (Luke 1:70) and through the mouth of David concerning Judas (Acts 1:16). We still have much to tell you, but I fear many of you are not ready to hear the truth.
Walk in the Spirit and God will reveal the truth. We have no greater joy than to walk in truth with friends and enemies because together we stand as one. We no longer shrink from the whole truth; however, we strive to tell it with love. Love is patient and kind; so, consider this: "Hatred stirs up trouble; love overlooks the wrongs that others do" (Proverbs 10:12, CEV).
Minister Nettie Pennington, Associate Minister, Springfield MB Church