October 17

Written by Bill Grandi on October 17th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Telling the Truth vs Blowing Doors Off.

No matter what men may say; no matter how blustery they get; no matter how often a person might say, “Tell me the truth;” there are times hearing the truth is hard to take…especially when it is delivered by the wrong person or mean-spiritedly. I have met people who take pride in “telling it like it is” and I honestly don’t mind that. But sometimes that person just doesn’t know how to say it.

Receiving it is often not any easier to take. No matter how vocal the person is-“Tell me straight out”- important words are often accepted like fingernails on a chalkboard (you do remember what those are don’t you?).  Proverbs 17:10 says, “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.” Truth delivered in the right spirit to a person’s heart that is receptive to that truth is a good thing. The man of understanding- as Proverbs describes him- accepts the truth. It may be a bitter pill to swallow but the man of understanding grasps its intent. I’ve been on the receiving end of some much-needed reproof. Someone being honest with me, confronting me about something I’ve said or done. Hearing it is not fun, but essential.

Sometimes the truth is hard to hear and even harder to accept. But if it is from God, then I need to hear it. I can be obstinate and stubborn (the rest of 17:10 call that being a fool), or accepting and grateful someone loved me enough to tell the truth.

“Father, this all depends on the state of my heart also. Will I accept the reproof/rebuke or reject it? Help me not to be obstinate or too proud to hear what you are saying to me.”

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Today is Braden’s 13th birthday. Jo and I wouldn’t miss that for anything in the world. Interesting I should read this today from Proverbs 17: “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.” (v.6a).  Not too thrilled about the aged part, 🙂 but absolutely excited and thrilled by the grandson/grandfather part. “Lord, you know the prayer I began praying the moment I heard Janna was pregnant. Please hear my heart and bring it to fruit.”

The being said, I will not be posting tomorrow morning as we will be spending the night in Ohio; I will not have a computer; and we are bringing him back for the weekend so Tami can see him. Prayers for safe travel are appreciated.

 

8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    Neither side of the conversation I typically find easy to be on.
    I would prefer that my friends, family, and colleagues let me know before things get out of hand if possible. Confrontation is never fun, but sometimes it is needed.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are right Ryan. neither side is a comfortable one. But, as you say, sometimes it is necessary.

  2. Ryan S says:

    Also… Tell Braden happy birthday for us. The big 1 3…. Teenager, uhhh oh!

  3. Happy Birthday, Braden, and safe travels for you all!
    Blessings, Bill!

  4. floyd says:

    Listening and pondering the observations of others while fighting against the pride that wants to lash out is a sign of wisdom.

    I don’t fail at it as often as I used to…
    But I’ve also learned that words rarely change a mind… only actions can accomplish that.

    Enjoy your crown! Praying for a safe trip.