We are familiar with the sentence don’t lie to me; just tell me the truth. However, unready we are to hear that truth…
I remember discovering something about someone and didn’t know how to tell the affected party who was my friend that she’s being lied to. Eventually I told her what I had found out, but it cost me my friend.
Knowing the painful power of truth, it is important that when we decide to speak it, it should be with empathy, love and care for the person we speak to.
Jesus is one person known to have spoken the truth at all times. While he hurt the egos of most Pharisees. He was able to speak truth with compassion and love to the Samaritan woman at the well.
He spoke so kindly that she felt the power of is words and was drawn to it to the point that she went about spreading the news of Jesus’ presence in her village.
Let’s also recall Jesus conversation with the apostles during the last super. Though he informed, Peter will betray him, he also told all, that he as prayed for him. He didn’t go attacking Peter with the truth about his weakness. He spoke to him out of a place of pity and understanding of his human weakness.
All that being said, we have an example in Christ. The truth does not change even when we use a little love in dishing it out.