Are you friends or enemies with the truth in your life? Very often when we face trials or long-standing problems, we become enemies of the truth. We feel that to know the truth is to know pain.
But when we make truth our enemy, we invite denial into our lives—which only makes our situation worse and more painful. And in order to find our way through our problem . . .
We need to make the truth our friend, not our enemy.
You may not know if you’re friends or your enemies with the truth, but if you continue to feel worse over time, you’re probably buddying up with a lie or two.
So I’ve compiled a list of ways that people make truth their enemy. Check to see if you are doing any that are on the list.
Ways you make truth your enemy:
- Stuff your feelings
- Avoid admitting your fault
- Look to false escapes from your pain—drinking, shopping, television, internet, etc.
- Isolate from true accountability
- Avoid reading the Bible or praying
- Reject God’s promises
- Focus on your problem rather than on your Problem-Solver (God)
If you are doing some of the list above, then consider making an effort to put into practice the following list:
Ways to make truth your friend:
- Become aware of your feelings at any given moment, but especially when you are hurting.
- Confess your feelings and thoughts to God moment by moment.
- Ask God to speak to you about your feelings and your problem; then listen.
- Read and meditate on what the Bible has to say about your feelings/situation.
- Find a trusted friend to talk to about your feelings on a regular basis.
- Practice telling those who are involved how you feel (when you can say it in a respectful way).
- Quit playing God and surrender your problem to Him.