Brutal honesty

By Dave Henning / October 25, 2014

When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will go to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.”- Luke 15:17-19

Kyle Idleman begins Chapter 5 (“Talking to Yourself”) of AHA by stating that AHA encompasses more than just an awakening.  AHA requires honesty- brutal honesty.  When the Prodigal Son came to his senses, there was no one else around- just him and the pigs.  As Pastor Idleman notes, sometimes the hardest conversation to have is with yourself: “AHA requires you to tell the truth about yourself to yourself.”

Truth be told, we’d prefer the awakening without the brutal honesty.  But avoiding brutal honesty short-circuits lasting change. Recognition must lead to repentance, confession to conviction.  In her book The Art of the Public Grovel, Susan Wise Bruner makes a helpful distinction between regret and repentance, between an apology and a confession:

“An apology is an expression of regret: I am sorry.  A confession is an admission of fault: I am sorry because I did wrong.  I sinned.”

Today’s question: What brought you to your senses during your stay in the Distant Country?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Turn around”


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