People who truly want to change often don’t recognize that pain is part of the process. The Bible gives us a road to hope, but we must be willing to embrace the pain that can come with it.
Imagined Rule: Pain Is Not Part Of The Process
Proverbs 27:6 NASB
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
I.We Need Truth Tellers In Our Lives
II.The Kryptonite Kiss
Proverbs 7:21-23 HCSB
21 She seduces him with her persistent pleading;
she lures with her flattering talk.
22 He follows her impulsively
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer bounding toward a trap
23 until an arrow pierces its liver,
like a bird darting into a snare—
he doesn’t know it will cost him his life.
Romans 5:1-5 ESV
1Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (not glory of me)3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces perseverance, 4 perseverance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
III.The Road To Hope… Is Hard