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Can I Trust You With The Truth

Luk 15:12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Luk 15:31  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
Luk 15:32  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Can you be trusted with the truth?  No, I am not talking about someone learning the dirt about someone else.  I am talking about the ability to handle the truth.  Some people that I encounter would not know what to do if someone was totally honest with them.  One thing that I have learned as I get older is that most people do not want to hear the truth, they just want to hear what is pleasing to them.  And that hurts progress for God’s kingdom.

In this story of the prodigal son, I will point out something that is kind of odd.  The father (who is the hero) never talks to the prodigal son.  Even when his son came back, the father only speaks to the servants and his oldest son.  Why is it that the father never spoke a word to his prodigal son?  While the Bible does not say why this happened, I believe that the Father could only trust the older son with the truth.  He rebuked the oldest son.  That is right, the son that stayed and did not forsake his dad; the son that was working still; the son that did not squander his father’s inheritance is the one that got rebuked.  While I am not justifying the older son’s attitude, I believe the Father only rebuked the older son because the Father knew he could handle the truth.

Can you handle the truth spoken in love?  This story shows that while the dad loved both sons, he could only trust one…the oldest one.  He was glad that his other son came back, but that does not mean that he could trust him.  Can God trust you?  God will give you things and tell you things that might not be comfortable, but they will help you.  As I examine the lives of both of the sons, I want to get the blessings that the oldest son will get by staying home with dad. But keep in mind that with those blessings will come truth.  The youngest son refused to handle the truth so he forfeited the blessings that his brother received.  Let me assure you that the blessings are well worth the dis-comfort of the honest truth.  By the way, the dad spoke the truth in love.  Truth should not have hatred put with it.  Truth can be swallowed better when it is coupled with kindness.

Last question, can you handle the truth?

February 28, 2012 - Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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