We often shy away from speaking out and speaking the truth. We fear criticism or broken relationships that may result from telling others what they may not want to hear. The negative impact of telling the truth often seems too much for us to bear. The reality is that telling the truth is not something we should “bear”. It is our responsibility to tell the truth, no matter what negative ramifications may be the result. When we do tell the truth, God is with us to protect us and to comfort us from anything that may come our way.
Lord, please give me the courage to be honest with those around me, especially with the ones I love who I often withhold the truth from in an attempt to protect them, but in reality, my lack of honesty will harm them in the end.