Christian Devotional – November 19, 2019

Are we open to hearing the truth? Paul is delivering a difficult message to the Galatians and he is trying to understand their change of heart and attitude. Read Galatians 4:15-16.

Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me. So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Galatians 4:15‭-‬16 NASB

Paul had experienced their love for him firsthand. He knew the desire of their heart to understand and to follow God. Yet, now as he is correcting them, they are not responding well and challenging him on the truth. Paul is seeking to understand why that is.

How do we respond when people tell us the truth? When people point out areas where we need to improve and where we are not following as we should be, what is our response to them? Are we angry with them? Are we embarrassed? Do we deny it? Or do we accept it and seek to repent and receive it with the love with which it is intended?

We are not perfect and we must understand that as we go through life, we are going to do things that are not perfect. Some things we will see and recognizing immediately, and other things will be things people point out to us and bring to our attention. Are we open to understanding that truth, or do we see anyone who points out our shortcomings as an enemy? How would we answer this question today?

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