Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (NIV)
Ned entered the doctor’s office. “Hi Doc! How’re you going?”
“Hey, Ned,” said the doctor, “good to see you. How’s the old golf swing?”
“Not bad, Doc. Slowed down a bit due to this pain in my shoulder, but I’m still getting around the golf course.”
“Good, good,” his doctor said, nodding, “as long as you’re still swinging.
And I notice you’ve got a bit of a limp there.”
“Yeah,” grimaced Ned. “Gave my knee a bit of a twist the other day. So, how’s your family?”
“Great! The wife and kids are getting ready for the big holiday coming up! It’s all go!”
“That’s right. The tour around Europe! When do you go?”
“Two weeks,” said the doctor with a smile on his face. Then he shook himself and a serious expression settled on his face. “Now, Ned. I’ve got the test results back.”
“You have, have you? Speaking of tests, did you see the one on TV last night?”
“The cricket? Sure did! What a game!!!” And the next ten minutes were taken up with talk about the test match.
“Well, best be off,” sighed Ned, finally getting up from his chair. “Gotta earn some money.”
“Well, thanks for the visit, Ned. Just talk to my receptionist out there and she’ll sort out the bill. I’ll see you again in a few months perhaps.” The doctor shook Ned’s hand and saw him out.
We are all sick, we all have things wrong with us, and we are all great at avoiding the facts. God has given us the responsibility to care for each other, and one of the ways we do this is by telling the truth about ourselves and others – helping to point out and sort out things that need dealing with so we can be more like and love more like Christ.
Ned’s doctor failed him by not addressing obvious problems and neglecting to tell him what he knew about Ned’s health. Let’s not fail our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Ask God to help you to not skirt the issues you face but to confess them and deal with them. Ask him also for the love to speak truth to others about the issues they share and those they are not aware of so that both you and they may grow in Christ.