“For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.” 2 Corinthians [13:10]
The truth can sometimes hurt.
The Apostle Paul understood this, which led him to pen the Scripture by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration we just read. He isn’t doling out empty threats or trying to be mean to anyone; rather, he is evidencing the importance he places on the body of Christ. God gave him authority to build up the body by speaking the truth in love.
Sometimes we need to hear difficult things in order to achieve difficult change. It is never fun to hear that you’ve hurt someone’s feelings or that you’re being too casual with the holy things of God or that you’ve been unknowingly hurting your spouse’s feelings. However, once someone has lovingly communicated these errors in our ways, we can be built up to seek change for God’s sake.
Don’t allow the hurt feelings to cloud the real reason why you might have needed to hear something difficult. Fight through the temptation to remain offended to begin to offend the enemy!
Heavenly Father, You’re so good to us. We’ve wronged You countless times, yet You consistently speak the truth in love through Your Son Jesus and our Helper, the Holy Spirit. Empower us to be builders in Your body, so that we may not be tearing down what You died for. Amen.