Hard Truths - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Hard Truths

November 9

 

Read Galatians 4:14b-16

You welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

 

Reflect

Have you ever been told a hard truth that you didn’t want to hear? How did you handle it?

 

I don’t know about you but I don’t always like to hear the truth, especially when someone is holding me accountable or calling out my sin.

 

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul had to speak some hard truths. He had to warn them that the Judaizers were deceiving them. He warned them that they were getting caught up in legalism. But it seems they didn’t want to hear it.

 

Paul says that when he first preached the Gospel to the Galatians, they received it with great joy. Paul was suffering from an illness and yet they didn’t perceive him as a burden or treat him with contempt. They welcomed him and would have done anything for him. Paul said that they would have ripped out their eyes for him if they could. But now, Paul is telling them something they don’t want to hear. Instead of accepting it with humility and being teachable, they are treating Paul like he is suddenly their enemy.

 

Friends, God has placed people in authority over us and in communion with us. Sometimes, those people notice that we are straying from the Gospel we once accepted with great joy. In love for us, they call us out and hold us accountable. In those moments, we should respond with humility. We should listen and prayerfully consider what they have to say. If they are telling us the truth, we should accept it with gratitude. Even if it means we have to admit we were gullible, stupid, or just plain wrong. If someone loves us enough to confront us with truth we would do well to listen.

 

Pray

God, thank You for the people that You have placed in my life to speak truth to me. Help me to humbly accept it. Give me the courage to speak truth into the lives of others as well. No matter how it is received. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


 

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Janet - I am praying for you!
Pray for me
Your truth sets me free from the terror of death because You promised that in You there is life eternal. Help me to be accountable to You, Lord Jesus.
Need prayer in this right now. Yesterday a student challenged me about my reactions. May God be glorified in my reactions to kids' comments and behavior.
Charmaine - We are praying for God to meet you right where you are at today! For you tell feel his strength & presence in EVERY step you take.
Lord Jesus, in Your name, by Your endless wisdom and limitless resources, I ask You to meet every need of Charmaine. May she sense Your presence now very strong. May she know the joy and peace now. May she know strength and courage now. May she be provided for now. May You send Godly people to surround her now and pour out love on her extravagantly. In Jesus name, Amen.
please pray for me
Speaking truth is of God. Thank your Lord for my friends who speak truth to m e. Give me the courage to speak truth into the lives of others. Amen
This message help me with every day struggle that I face as a Christian should live their lives as a Christ follower.
Thanks for the message.
*HELPMEABBAFATHER;SOME PEOPLE DONT LISTEN TO ME@*
*HELPMEJESUS WITH THAT ALWAYS NEED TO SPEAK HELP ME JESUS COME INTO MY VOICE BOX AND SPEAK TO ME TO SPEAK TO OUR PEOPLE;*THANKYOUJESUS*
Bro. Crawford thank you for this post because you are right it is hard to be "called out" even if it is done in love. However, if God has led a brother or sister to make known your error it is good for you in the longrun.
It’s hard to hear the truth about ourselves when it’s not so pretty. I am grateful for the strong women of Faith God has placed in my life to help me take an honest look at myself. That is how we grow, if we are willing. I pray that I will stay humble and teachable.
Words spoken out of love to set me in the right path are welcomed.
FATHER, WHEN I SPEAK TO OTHERS LET ME ALWAYS BE HONEST, SO MY WORDS WILL BE OF GOD, TRUTH. IN JESUS AMEN
Truth can heal us as it makes us free.
Amen
Better are the wounds of a friend..than the kiss of an enemy....thank -you ...pastor Nat
Amen my father!
Heavenly Father, I ask that You would give me strength, wisdom, and Your truth and when the hard truth is given to me, have me be humble and accept it as if You Yourself had said it to me. Lord I know the truth can hurt, help me accept my truth and heed to the teaching it gives. Thank You Lord, in Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
God I thank you for a new week and new day and I thank pastor Nat for the devotional
Amen.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
The Word of God is pure!