Integrity Moments - Oct. 31, 2011



Sugar Coated Truth
By: Rick Boxx
October 31, 2011

When I was a young commercial loan officer the hardest part of my job was telling people their loan request had been declined. I wanted to deliver good news rather than bad news, so I had a tendency to sugar coat the truth and not be direct enough.

On one occasion the loan applicant came back the next day wondering when I was going to issue a check. The second meeting was harder than the first, because I had to make it clear their loan request had been denied, not approved.

In Zechariah 8:16 God told Zechariah, “These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.”

Speaking the truth in love, sometimes needs to be direct.

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Originally published October 31, 2011.