My friend Geoff Wybrow hit me with a challenging statement yesterday:
“Offend people with the truth, not your character flaws.”
Some days we offend people with our brokenness, our insecurities, our selfish motivations, with the baseball bat of our own pain that we willingly or unwillingly take to the heads of others like an angry mafia boss (sorry for that visual, I’m a big fan of the movie Goodfellas).
But at times the truth really does hurt. At times it should hurt.
Most prophets in the Bible weren’t real good at making friends. Their words were too piercing, their obedience too radical, the Spirit of God too active in their declarations. Isaiah walked around naked for three years, Hosea married a prostitute, and the prophet Nathan (no relation to my buddy LaGrange) called King David a liar and a murderer.
Bad social skills or insider’s information on some hard truth?
This past Sunday at City Community Church, we were confronted with some hard truth. Not condemnation – that outward-in, man-made, guilt-ridden obligation that leads to resentment, not long-term transformation (Jesus never worked that way). But conviction – an inside-out revelation from the Holy Spirit that shows us our brokenness and calls us to repentance. I want to share some of it with you.
Here is the video created by Rachel Richard that interrupted (yes, literally interrupted) the music towards the opening of the service (don’t adjust your volume, there intentionally isn’t any):
And click the link below to hear the powerful spoken word piece (this is a must listen) from our friend Mike Perez that brought the day to a close:
And if you’ve got more time, linked here is the complete message from my friend and co-pastor Nathan LaGrange:
Love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever been offended by some hard truth?
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