Mother and Son: Truth with Kindness
We must speak the truth with kindness. Use your words to add beauty to life. Ecclesiastics 12:9-10 states that the wise teacher “pondered and searched out to set in order many proverbs. He searched to find just the right words and what he wrote was upright and true.”
The first thing we must do is a little investigation to make sure that our fact is indeed true. We can be, oh so sure, something is true and later on, down the line, find we are mistakened. We must make sure the source and the transmitter are both reliable.
Telling the truth at all times is not an easy task. One must also consider the sensitivity of the listener. The right moment to speak also has to be considered. Certainly not during an argument or at the end of a long exhausting day. One must also consider if this bit of information will be an encouragement and a positive force for growth.
Ephesians 4:15 states to speak “the truth in love.” Your tone of voice necessitates a loving tone. Look into the person’s eyes. Remember, the truth can hurt and subsequently be rejected if spoken from an unloving heart. The similieof truth as a 2-edged sword is intended for use on our enemies, not on our friends or loved ones..