John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking everyone that agrees with us and are willing to lie to us, loves us. Lying does not equal love. We also believe that people who tell us ugly truths hate us and are not trustworthy. Truth does not equal hate.
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
God is love and he is truth. He desires that we grow up into him through the word of truth. He doesn’t want us to be unstable being tossed to and fro. Whoever he loves he chastens. When kings were in error in the old testament, God would send a prophet to warn them. Eph 4 teaches us that he placed certain gifts in the body to help perfect the saints. I’d rather have people who are willing to risk the relationship to free my soul than to lie to me and watch me go down a road of destruction.
Prov 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
We all have people in our lives who care enough to be honest. It hurts up front but heals later. When the enemy tells you what you want to hear, it feels good up front then it steals, kills, and destroys your life. That kiss from the enemy is designed to deceive you. It feels so good you begin to detest and hate truth and anyone who brings truth including God and his word. 2 Thess 8–11 tells us that Satan comes with power, signs, and lying wonders, deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish…. if they refuse to receive the love of the truth, he will send a delusion that they should believe a lie.
Who really wants to believe the lies of Satan? You didn’t like it when your boss lied. You didn’t like it when your ex lied. So why do you like it when Satan lies to you? It is better to have an honest friend in your corner than a lying enemy. Be thankful for the truthful people God has placed in your life. They desire to see you grow up into Christ. Learn to agree to disagree, but don’t let deception creep in and tell you that God’s truth is a lie.