Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Frankness is a virtue little known in these post-modern times. In our desire to appear to be tolerant of the diverse ideas and opinions that circulate freely everywhere, we make the mistake of being silent when we should not and speak out when it is not convenient. We always seek to be overly careful when we say something, but we do it more for fear of hurting somebody’s feelings than for trying to be honest and concise. Jewish writer and biographer André Maurois said: “To be honest, do not say everything you think, neither say the opposite of what you think.” Frankness is closely linked to love. We know that perfect love casts out fear. So if we are not being honest with the people around us, we are letting fear overcome us and we are not acting as we should, that is, with love. The opposite of frankness and sincerity is hypocrisy and falsehood, both despicable things.
Let our thoughts and our actions be controlled by the Holy Spirit of God and we will see how we shall be invested with the courage to speak openly and honestly to others. Also, let us take care not to be rude and disrespectful to others because we will slip into abuse and aggression. It is possible that our words, even if carefully chosen, will not be taken well when we say them, but soon we will see how the person to whom they were addressed will appreciate what we have communicated to him. Gradually we will learn how to control this annoying but fleeting embarrassment that keeps us from speaking and acting with the frankness that we ought. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged care, Christianity, direction, faith, frankness, Holy Spirit, honesty, Jesus, postmodernism, Proverbs 27, sincerity, spirituality, virtue, wisdom
The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God.
But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Some people try to make God disappear from the scene by looking for excuses to silence the voice of their conscience, which constantly reminds them that they are completely wrong. On the contrary, many people still trust in God despite the extremely serious situations they are going through. They may have lost their jobs; it is also possible that they are suffering serious hardship because they lack the financial means to feed themselves and their families or pay the debts that persevering and unmerciful creditors are trying to collect from them. Their situation is certainly one that leads to despair; nevertheless they keep waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises, knowing that He is faithful and that He always does what He says He will do. When the glorious solution to their temporary problems arrives, joy will erase all memories of those bitter moments when it looked like God had forgotten them. The righteous waits with hope for that moment when the mighty hand of God will turn his situation around. The wicked, however, rejects God or tries to forget Him, thinking that by doing this he will have no one to account to for his misdeeds.
Although the path you are threading right now looks grim and gloomy, just around the corner there is light that brings joy to every heart and compassion that heals all the wounds of the soul. May your hope never fade, may it remain alive and motivate you at all times to continue to go forward despite the obstacles and difficulties you may encounter. God is faithful and in Him you can anchor your hope, for He never disappoints anyone, on the contrary, He treats everybody with love and justice, even the wicked ones who want to forget about Him. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged care, conscience, God, hardship, holiness, hope, life, love, pathway, perfection, Psalms, training
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
It is true that our parents were not too skilled when applying discipline to us, but for sure they were full of good intentions and love. It is also true that sometimes they were a little severe and a tad violent when using the rod but everything was done so we could learn how to behave and so we could avoid getting ourselves into trouble later in our lives. They made mistakes ─just as we do now─ by letting them be carried away by their emotions and not by reason when trying to correct our misbehaviors. All in all, we are living proof that opportune discipline, applied in proportionality to the fault, brought much good to our lives. Of course, it was not until we became parents ourselves and had to deal with those little, rotten, spoiled, manipulative, hyperactive and tireless creatures that we call our children, that we realized the logic of many things related to discipline. (Just kidding, children are a great blessing.)
What we need to understand now that we have grown up, is that we still need correction and discipline in order for us to reach the perfection that our Heavenly Father demands of us, His children. It is His turn to correct and discipline us with love, truth and justice, “for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.” and to produce “a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” as the author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote. Let us march forward with renewed energy because God Himself is correcting and taking care of us in a perfect way. Only to God be the glory!