On more than one occasion my wife has said to me, “You need a mint or a piece of gum.” At first, I want to retaliate with a, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!?! Thankfully, something (fear/the Holy Spirit…) 🙂 always stops me from doing that. It doesn’t take long for me to realize she’s not trying to hurt my feelings, she’s trying to help me out.
If you have people in your life that love you enough to tell you the truth even when it hurts, YOU ARE BLESSED! There are so many folks out there that will tell you what they think you WANT to hear, instead of what you NEED to hear. That’s NOT a true friend. Proverbs 27:6 says, Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Be very careful of those that tell you things you want to hear for their personal gain. “Tough love is better than flattering hypocrisy.”
Now don’t get me wrong. TRUTH SHOULD ALWAYS BE PARTNERED WITH LOVE. It should come from a heart of love, and your motives should be pure. DON’T tell them that dress makes their butt look big to HURT them!
Bottom line, sometimes we do NEED a Tic Tac. BE THANKFUL for the people in your life that will tell you.