In Others’ Word: The Kindness of Truth
I’ve come back to this quote time and time again. Read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s words so many times that I’ve lost count. And then I always close down the blog post without writing a single word.
I’m conflicted about this idea of truth being kind. And I’m well aware of the admonition to speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15 NIV)
You have to understand that a while ago I risked a lot to speak the truth as kindly as I could. With the hopes that relationships would be, for once, honest. I’d weighed my words, rewritten my words, for weeks. My hope? Truth. Honesty. Relationship.
My efforts at speaking truth were a complete and utter fail. And I don’t think anyone involved would declare my actions a kindness — despite all my preparations and prayers and hopes and dreams.
So here I am on this side of the kindess of truth … leaving my words and my intentions and my longings in God’s hands. Trusting that he is working even when I see nothing happening.
Because God is kind.
God is truth.
And God is the end of all things.
I’ve done all I can … and he’s not done yet.
In Your Words: When has the truth been kind to you? What are your thoughts on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s words about truth being a kindness?
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