To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Written by: Tiffany Williford
Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my friends. Something led me to thank her for always being honest with me and for being a straight shooter. She has always told me what I need to hear. I am sure her direct and loving communication is why we have been friends for 22 years. She told me about something Brené Brown said in an audiobook, explaining that when people sugarcoat difficult discussions and are indirect with their communication and feelings, the message gets blurred.
That message made me reflect on all of the times I sugarcoated something to not hurt someone’s feelings. As I get older, I realize how much I need those friends and family in my life who love me so much that they are completely honest with me.
Jesus always lived a life of honesty. He was honest with all of the people around him. He did not sugarcoat things for the people who listened to His teachings. Jesus was direct in everything He said. His messages were clear. The Bible gives us a roadmap to great communication, which leads to great relationships.
Thought of the day: The truth will set you free. I don’t think it gets any clearer than that!
Prayer: Father God, thank You for all of the people in my life who are honest and transparent with me. I am thankful for them because they make me better. They give me a different perspective and they keep me in line. I pray for You to surround me with more people who can help me grow into the person You designed me to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.