“A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.” (Proverbs 17:10)
Why is it so difficult for us to hear truth? Most of the time it is because truth demands change. Anyone who rejects the truth of godly counsel will remain in their baby state of faith. If we want to grow up in our spiritual walk, then we will need to listen to the hard truths and take the following steps of faith ….
Step #1) We must confess our sins ~
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:9)
Sin causes us to stumble and darkens our eyes to the truth. Our unwillingness to deal with sin keeps us from moving forward to a better life of peace and stability …
Step #2) Acknowledge the truths from the Spirit of God ~
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)
God sent the Spirit of truth to lead and guide us in the right direction. He speaks in a still, small voice in our spirits and we may need to tune everything else out in order to hear Him speak ….
Step #3) Live the truth we know from the Bible ~
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22)
When we consistently read, study, and meditate on God’s Word, we will live the truth. We make up our minds to give no excuses, but to rely on God’s grace to live righteously ….
Step #4) Repent of bad behavior ~
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
Our repentance is evident when we no longer ignore the truth, but rather walk in it. Repenting is the proof that we are living for Jesus Christ alone and not just for ourselves ….
Step #5) Walk in restoration with God and people ~
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
(2 Corinthians 13:11)
We can take medicine to heal our physical bodies, but the only medicine for a broken spirit is the Lord. When we turn away from our own ways and turn towards Christ, He heals our wounds and brings us back to restoration …..
Dear Lord, help me to hear and obey when the hard truths come at me. I need Your Spirit to lead me in paths of righteousness. Amen