Does This Make Me Look Fat?
“Let everyone beware of his neighbor, and put no trust in any brother, for every brother is a deceiver, and every neighbor goes about as a slanderer. Everyone deceives his neighbor, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity.” (Jeremiah 9:4-5, ESV)
“Does this make me look fat?”
We look and yes, yes it does but she already bought it and is standing in the church foyer. Ouch.
As a friend, how are we to answer this?
How are we to respond to a question when the answer may not be one they want to hear? Does the dress make them look fat? Is their new haircut truly flattering? Do you like their new church—even though you cringed all through the service due to false teaching?
While the first two questions can be answered diplomatically, the last question is the hard one. What do we do when someone we love has fallen into a cult or joined a church that is twisting the Word of God? Jeremiah dwelt amongst people who were deceived, and did not know God...it caused him to weep and to cry out. Everyone was out to live according to their own desires and did not want to hear the truth. Sound familiar?
We need to live brave lives like Jeremiah. We need to know what we believe and to love our friends enough to tell them when they are falling into the devil’s pits. The New Testament is full of warnings of false teachers and we can’t be afraid to speak up and warn people when they are straying into false religions, cults or heretic teaching. It’s hard. And sometimes we hesitate because we don’t want to offend.
A wise friend once said to me that we were better to offend someone in love and speak the truth than have them perish for eternity due to our polite silence. Speak truth in love into someone’s life today. Truth saves.
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