Truth Doesn’t Always Hurt

Truth Doesn’t Always Hurt May 15, 2019

Truth in Jail

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I was a corrections officer working in a jail in Texas. There were many opportunities while I was there to talk with inmates one on one. If they brought up anything “religious” in nature, according to the jail code, we could talk with them freely. One day, I spent some of my time with a young woman who absorbed the truth that I was sharing with her. When people are seeking, truth is so easy to give to others.

She Understood

She said, “Miss Langley, I’ve never had anyone say the things you’re saying to me. You make it so simple, for the first time I understand it.”

I responded, “That’s because what I’m telling you is true. Truth is always simple and easy to hear.”

Her excitement was easy to hear, “I want to go home to my daughter and share these things so that, so that…”

I said, “So that she won’t think she has to DO STUFF to make God happy with her?”

Her face lit up, “YES!”

I had fielded all of her many questions. I showed her how she could never be separated from God for behavior. We talked about what Christ accomplished and that ALL her sins had been washed away. Sins of her past, present AND future were not the focus anymore.

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That Old Lie – If You Keep Doing It, You Didn’t Repent (make a toon?)

There were objections from her like, “But what about if I keep doing the same thing over and over?”

My reply, “Sounds like that doctrine that says if we say we’re sorry but then do it again, we don’t really mean it”.

Her head was nodding, “Yeah, and that God will make my mind, what’s that word?”

I knew exactly what word she was searching for, “Reprobate?”

Again, she shook her head up and down and pointed at me, “Yeah, that’s it. Will God turn me over to a reprobate mind?”

She needed me to show her through the lens of the bible, “Let’s look at it”.

Romans 1:28-32

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 

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Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Are you a God Hater?

I read the verse she had referenced to her out loud. She saw that the writer was detailing a history of those people in the past who didn’t know who Jesus was or the new covenant. The verse mentioned people who were “haters of God”.

As I read, these words struck both of us, “haters of God”. I stopped and looked at her, “Is that you?” This time her head was shaking a “no” as she said softly so the other inmates couldn’t hear her, “No.”

Jericho Falls Down

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It’s beautiful as I watched the walls of thought that had imprisoned this woman fall

down.

Here was a woman in jail physically but being freed in her mind. Instead of just sowing seeds, she had really received the WHOLE Truth!

Her eyebrows frowned as she asked, “WHY don’t they teach you this in church?”

My expression changed a bit, “Because IF they did, you would realize that you don’t have to go to church to make God happy. You would understand that you can live a Spirit led life outside of the church. You would realize that you didn’t have to tithe to be blessed.” I could have continued.

There was so much enthusiasm in her heart that she interrupted, “AND people would leave the church to have a relationship with God and each other!”

I didn’t have to say anything else as she added, “WOW, people would be free, really free to be who they are.”

Truth Inspired

When truth is really truth and love is really love, its easy for people to hear and ingest. This young woman took a hold of that truth and swallowed it like an eager fish inhales a hook. This woman would not have to pay like a fish does. When she heard the truth, it was simple enough to pass on to others. Simple enough to live free. This was a truth that did not come with consequences. That’s the difference between a real gospel and a religious one.

Ashley and I

Available publications by Kimberly
All Things Equal which is an exposition for women and how God sees them

Available short stories on Kindle for $1.37 each:
Not My Daughter!: A story too good to tell
Diedre: What I learned when my son chose a girl

For Nicholas: An encounter with the parents of Nicholas that changed our perceptions
The Needs Of The One: An encounter with a schizophrenic man that touched my soul
Farm Lessons: Life and Death lessons are every day on a farm

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Read, “When the Good News Goes Bad” by clicking here.

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Thank you for stopping by, I’d love to hear your comments!

All the best, PK

 

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  • Iain Lovejoy

    I don’t think God hates me enough, or is indifferent enough, that he should be content to leave me as I am. The problem with the above to my mind is that it retains the same false narrative as the lie it tries to bury that we have to be good to earn God’s love.
    The false narrative is that any problem between us and God is at God’s end, and by going along with this narrative it seems to me you have to peddle a different lie, but one equally and more obviously false, that there is no actual problem at all. People are broken and hurt and weak and tired and you offer nothing except to lie to them and tell them they aren’t.
    Genuine repentance means stopping sinning, and I want genuine repentance not because God will be angry and punish me but because I want to stop hurting myself and others with my sin.
    I am not everything God wants me to be because God wants me to be better than I am for my sake, not his, and he doesn’t want me to suffer any more, and knows that he will make me better and more glorious and more joyful than I can conceive if I will let him transform me. I see no reason why God should be satisfied with me as I am if I’m not.

  • Thank you for your comment. What I have found with people that convince themselves that they must be in the “sin management” business is that they often become obtuse to the point that they cannot consider an alternative. I accept your narrative for what it is, and I don’t need to change you. Love is always satisfied. We grow and we change as this is the natural course. We gain knowledge, we gain experience and we do our best. God is infinitely larger than the paradigm that we enjoy placing him in. If you are unsatisfied with you, fix you.
    Once, when I was full of faith and vigor, I demanded that everyone should not take medication because I didn’t need it. A wise man looked at me and smiled. He said, “If that works for you, then don’t take medicine”. I kept pushing because once I had achieved some sense of self righteousness, I wanted others to do so as well. Now, after being in this world for over fifty years, I hear the beautiful wisdom in what that man was trying to tell me…in love.