Truth Week 3
Deal with the Treatment
The truth is needed. It’s necessary. When it exposes negligence, we have to accept the truth and move on. So, you demanded the truth. You received it. It revealed triumphs and troubles. It uncovered pain and prosperity. Whether the truth helps or hurts, we all need to deal with the repercussions of knowing the truth. The saying goes, “You have to face it to fix it.” When the truth is out, one has to deal with it gracefully and in humility and understand that life goes on.
The truth may mean you are the best in your field or the top employee. Just know you may have to deal with the brownnosers as well as the haters. You may be treated like royalty at times, but the moment a character flaw or former truth is divulged, people tend to develop a course disposition toward you. Deal with disappointment by forgetting those things that are behind and reaching for those things that are before. To put it simply- deal with it by recognizing wrong and repenting. Repentance may be the primary tool in handling the good, bad, and the ugly. Turn away from critics whose number one objective is to assassinate your character.
Remember to demand the truth still. Realize the truth is what it is when it comes forth. How we as Christians deal with the truth should serve as a model of considerable behavior and a calm mindset. I remember I used to be filled with anger all the time. If I even thought someone was looking at me the wrong way, I would go off completely.
Truth was, I had a temper and had to deal with the consequences of going off on people. I also had to deal with the temper itself. I noticed a change in my character after coping with some of my issues. Other people even took notice- some treating me better, others worse. Regardless of how the world reacts, deal with your issues correctly, and move on. A child of God must deal with it by knowing s/he must always do unto God and not unto man.
When people cheer for you or complain about you, how you respond will serve as a testament to your life. Disciples of Christ adhere to Luke 6:31, And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. As 1 Timothy 4:12 teaches, be an example unto the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.