I was recently part of a conversation where one person described themselves as "straightforward" and "what you see is what you get!" These are qualities that make people real and likable, they can also be qualities that are used as excuses for being ignorant and rude. When we think about being straightforward, real, and upfront, we cannot allow these qualities to diminish the need for love!
Sometimes God has messages for our lives that we do not want to hear. He may be pushing us in directions that require us to be uncomfortable and trusting in Him. While God us straightforward and unchanging, we also know that everything He does in our lives is rooted in His love for us. His love will never fail us, so even when we are a little uncomfortable in the path He has placed before us, we know that He is challenging us so we can grow and become greater in His Kingdom. As we approach others, we, too, may be straightforward, real, and upfront, but we need to also exhibit love that encourages. We shouldn't need to use being straightforward or truthful as an excuse for rudeness because our words and actions should show God's love!
Be straightforward and truthful in ways that show God's love, support, and encouragement!
Thank You for Your support in all parts of my life. Help me to always be truthful in ways that show Your love, support, and encouragement. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.