Something lacking in society today is the ability to discern. We “worship” famous people we don’t even know. We wear what they wear and endorse what they endorse because … well, I’m not even sure why!
Why have we become so obsessed with what strangers think about us and so focused on the approval of the world. We would rather fake our way through life by doing things for the wrong reason. We don’t speak the truth because it might wound our sensitive egos. We don’t want to hear the truth about ourselves because it might do the same. It’s more comfortable to welcome “kisses” from strangers than to accept the truth from friends. Maybe it’s not that we can’t discern between the two… it’s that we prefer not to!
Proverbs 27:6 says: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
The Holy Spirit is our friend. He wants to speak life into our lives and wants the best for us. The best isn’t always the easiest, or necessarily the nicest. But it guides us on the right path and stops us from living a trivial life. There is no truer friend to mankind than God. But we have become so obsessed with “not being reprimanded” that we prefer to live outside God’s guidance. And that, my friends, is why the world is the way it is today. It’s not God’s fault… it’s ours.
Maybe it’s time we “grow up” spiritually and stop being offended by the truth that might hurt, instead of always wanting to hear the lies that give us a false sense of security.
Have an awesome day listening to friends rather than trying to gain the approval of those who don’t have your best interests at heart.