The Unfortunate Consequences of Speaking Truth

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And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. — Acts 4:1-4

This short After Actions Report is a reminder that some people will hear the truth and accept it, and others are going to hear it and reject it.

But I think sometimes we're afraid to speak the truth, not because we don't know it, but only because we are afraid of the consequences. Because the truth, and speaking the truth, has consequences every single time.

Just consider Peter. Peter had been in this moment before. Just 50-days prior, in the High Priest's courtyard, he denied being associated with Jesus because he knew speaking the truth had social consequences on his life. The risks at that moment were not worth the unforeseen rewards. And because he was paralyzed by fear — he lied. But 50-days later, Peter is a different man. He's less fearful. He knows the risks. He knows the rewards. He knows the consequences. And at this national celebration, instead of denying Christ, he defends him. And guess what. It has consequences. Both bad and good. But he is ready to embrace them both for the sake of God's truth.

For too long, I think we as followers have been scared of speaking God's truth. We have become increasingly fearful of the social consequences. We are afraid of being censored and canceled by a world that perpetuates untruth through hyperbole and hate. We have become afraid that we will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, hateful, racist, self-righteous, or arrogant. And yes, this might happen, for at times God's truth will offend or be misundertood. But when we speak God's truth, in his time, and on his behalf, there are also other consequences. Good consequences.

Just consider this.

Peter stood up and spoke twice in Acts 2-3. These two talks happen back to back within a short period of time. The first time he speaks, 3000 believe and are saved. The second time he speaks, 5000 believe and are saved. And these approximately 8000 new believers were about to travel back to their homes all over the land of Israel, spreading this Good News. So, yes, speaking the truth has consequences.

So do this. Speak up for truth today. But not for your truth. Speak up for God's truth. Be bold. Be brave. And trust God, not just with his truth but the consequences of his truth in the life of others. You never know. What you say today might impact the lives of others tomorrow.

ASK THIS: What truth do you need to tell another today?

DO THIS: Speak it, but say it God's way. (What's the truth you are going to tell. Share it below).

PRAY THIS: God, may I speak the truth today. And help me to say it the way you want me to.

PLAY THIS: You Make Me Bold — Amanda Cook.

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      • Sam says:

        GOD LIVES UNDER THE BED

        I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin,
        thinks God lives under his bed.
        At least, that’s what I heard him say one night.

        He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen,
        ‘Are you there, God?’, he said.
        ‘Where are you?
        Oh, I see. Under the bed…’

        I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

        He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he’s 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult.

        He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

        I remember wondering
        if Kevin realizes he is different.
        Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?

        Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

        The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child.

        He does not seem dissatisfied.
        He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work.

        He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner,
        and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day’s laundry chores.

        And Saturdays —
        Oh, the bliss of Saturdays!

        That’s the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. ‘That one’s goin’ to Chi-car-go! ‘Kevin shouts as he claps his hands.

        His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

        And so goes his world of daily rituals
        and weekend field trips.

        He doesn’t know what it
        means to be discontent.

        His life is simple.

        He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats.

        His needs have always been met.
        He never worries that one day they may not be.

        His hands are diligent. Kevin is never happier than when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.

        He does not shrink from a job
        when it is begun and
        he does not leave a job until it is finished.
        When his tasks are done,
        Kevin knows how to relax.
        He is not obsessed with his work
        or the work of others. His heart is pure.

        He still believes everyone tells the truth,
        promises must be kept
        and when you are wrong,
        you apologize instead of argue.

        Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry He is always transparent, always sincere.
        And he trusts God.

        Not confined by
        intellectual reasoning,
        when he comes to God, he comes as a child.

        Kevin seems to know God –
        to really be friends with Him
        in a way that is difficult for an ‘educated’ person to grasp. God is his closest companion.

        In my moments of doubt and frustrations,
        I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith.

        It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions.

        It is then I realize that perhaps he is not
        the one with the handicap. I am.

        My obligations, my fear, my pride,
        my circumstances – they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God’s care .

        Who knows if Kevin comprehends things
        I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence,
        praying after dark and soaking up
        the goodness and love of God.

        And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts,
        I’ll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that
        God lived under his bed.
        Kevin won’t be surprised at all!

        When you receive this, say a prayer.
        That’s all you have to do.
        There is nothing attached.
        This is powerful.

        Just send this to a another Christian brother or sister. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. This is for democrats & republicans.
        There is no cost, but a lot of rewards.

        FRIENDS ARE ANGELS WHO LIFT US TO OUR FEET WHEN OUR WINGS HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING HOW TO FLY

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  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)
    Let us all act with love towards ALL of the people created in God’s image, ESPECIALLY those we DON’T get along with. That is the behavior that Jesus modeled for us and the standard we must set for ourselves and anyone watching, and possibly learning, from our example.

  2. Rex says:

    I am having lunch with my Mormon friend Ross who I’ve known for about a decade. Pray that I speak the truth in love and the Holy Spirit through me with drawl Ross to Salvation in the one true Lord

  3. David J says:

    “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
    John 14:6  NIV.
    Help me spread the truth Lord.

  4. John C. Gautreau, II says:

    I would Like to add to Vince’s comments, that Many times we choose to not speak the truth, Because the truth hurts. The truth causes us to acknowledge and reflect upon our sins in many cases it’s very hurtful to us but nonetheless necessary

  5. Cory B says:

    “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    I’m not sure who I can tell this to, but I pray for the strength and courage to do it and seize the moment. All too often I miss out on the opportunity to speak up.

    • Jeff says:

      Such true words, but one if not the hardest things to do, to speak up about Christ. Great devotional brother.

      • Sheldon says:

        Hi Jeff thanks for the encouragement, it may seem hard to do but just try it, just do it , trust the Holy Spirit to give you boldness. The more you do it the easier it gets.

  6. Joseph Chenoweth says:

    Thank you Vince for your commitment to leading men. Today’s message was right to the point. Don’t be a quiet believer, speak up and allow God to work in others. There may be 8000 people waiting to hear.

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