"We are so afraid to offend, so afraid of stark truth, that we write delicately, not honestly." Amy Carmichael
Amy sure never minced words! It's something I really admire about her.
Jesus never minced words either. He wasn't afraid to call people out.
Literally call people out of themselves and to Him.
He knows our hearts.
Here Jesus speaks truth honestly in love.
He basically tells the Pharisees, they do not know the God they proclaim and then proceeds to call them liars!
Did he offend the Pharisees with this truth? Yes, to the point they wanted to kill him.
The Pharisees asked:
"Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?'
Jesus answered, 'If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.
'Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.'
Then the Jews said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?'
Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.'
Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." John 8:52-58
Here's another great quote from Amy Carmichael:
"To hide the truth is no less falsehood than to spread error."
I agree with Amy, when we share only half truths, so we don't offend, we are just spreading falsehoods. Have you ever been politically correct so that you wouldn't offend someone? I believe God is grieved when we sugarcoat the truth and just as much grieved when we share the truth without love.
Paul urges us to walk in truth:
"We have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God." 2 Corinthians 4:2
And to speak truth in love:
"...we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,