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The Truth Hurts (9 of 16)
Tonight, we come to Galatians 4:8-20 in a series through Galatians I've entitled Justified. Up to this point, Paul has taken the tone of an Old Testament scholar or theologian. But now, he comes to them as a loving parent, having a heart-to-heart talk with their child. The reality is, sometimes The Truth Hurts. READ TEXT
*Imagine picking your car up from the shop after a routine tune-up and the technician says, ''This car is in great shape. Clearly you have an automotive genius to take great care of your car.'' Later that day, your brakes don't work. You find out you were out of brake fluid. You could have died. You go back to the shop, and you say, ''Why didn't you tell me?'' The technician replies, ''Well, I didn't want you to feel bad. Plus, to be honest, I was afraid you might get upset with me. I want this to be a safe place where you feel loved and accepted.'' You'd be furious! You'd say, ''I didn't come here for a little fantasy-based ego boost! When it comes to my car, I want the truth.'' Or imagine going to the doctor's office for a check-up. The doctor says to you, ''You are a magnificent physical specimen. You have the body of an Olympian. You are to be congratulated.'' Later that day while climbing the stairs, your heart gives out. You find out later your arteries were so clogged that you were like one jelly doughnut away from the grim reaper. You go back to the doctor and say, ''Why didn't you tell me?'' The doctor says, ''Well, I knew your body is in worse shape than the Pillsbury doughboy, but if I tell people stuff like that, they get kind of offended. It's kind of bad for business. They don't come back. I want this to be a safe place where you feel loved and accepted.'' You'd be furious! You'd say to the doctor, ''When it comes to my body, I want the truth!''*
One more scenario: Imagine going to a church where you hear, ''Don't worry if you mism ...
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