Have you ever heard ‘I’m just keeping it real’? I have heard it, and I have said it. But there are times when I have witnessed ‘keeping it rude’. Do you know what I mean?
Keeping it rude is when you say something harsh to someone, and as an aside you utter that phrase. This is like a disclaimer. You can say anything you want and just tack that onto the end of your assault. This way you make it known that you are an honest person and you are all about the truth. Uh huh, yeah right.
We even go as far as saying, ‘I’m sorry, but it’s true’. Well, I was reading in the bible that ‘Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.’ Eph 4:15 The operative word that is missing most times we are spewing ‘realness’ is LOVE.
It’s much easier for me to accept something that is particularly hard to swallow if it is spoken in love. It’s what the bible says we are to do. So, the next time you and me decide we want to lay some wisdom on someone, let’s make sure we are speaking not only truth, but speaking that truth in love.