Wednesday : 26th December, 2018
Reference text: Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59
Acts 7:54,58a When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:
Truth can hurt, but often the truth has one purpose: to open our eyes to that which we ought to be aware of. Many however respond to truth in different ways: some embrace its content, and make effort to amend their ways just like the 3000 who after hearing the truth about Jesus from Peter on the day of Pentecost, asked the question ‘men and brethren what must we do?’ (Acts 2:37).
Others on the hand, behave exactly as the characters described in today’s text:’ they cover their ears, gnash their teeth and turn on those who speak the truth. Just as the story was no different for John the Baptist, for Stephen also the truth came at a hefty price: at the cost of his life.
The kind of truth we will be told these days are hardly the heart piercing or soul cutting type, they are those that apply to our way of living. Our talk, our walk, our acts and our thoughts- we will hear truths about these aspects of our lives which will necessitate a response from us: to respond as people eager to embrace change, or as those to whom the truth has no real meaning.
Remember # it is our choice how we respond to the truth.