We cave in to dishonesty because we’d rather not give the conversation or relationship the time and energy it would take to be honest.
Because Jesus wasn’t constrained by others’ opinions of him and because his love wasn’t stained by selfishness, Jesus is refreshingly, strikingly, wonderfully honest. His words at times seemed harsh. He certainly didn’t appear overly concerned about protecting others’ feelings.
Kindness is easier than honesty. Honesty is a lot more work. But if we want our relationships to grow, honesty is nonnegotiable. When we are honest, we must always be “speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).”