The Guilty Taketh the Truth to Be Hard – 1 Nephi 16:1-3

1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of speaking to my brethren, behold they said unto me: Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear.
2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.
3 And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that ye might walk uprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of the truth, and say: Thou speakest hard things against us.
Honest people accept feedback more easily than dishonest people. Why? Because honest people are in the habit of overriding their desires and opinions when they encounter truth. They are capable of processing information which contradicts their desires, biases, and assumptions. Dishonest people, in contrast, are brittle. They try to hang on to their beloved opinions, and they discount or ignore all evidence to the contrary. Over time, they become more adept at avoiding truth than at submitting to it. I’m not suggesting that honest people are easily influenced by others. Many times they stand up for what is right, in spite of opposition from the people around them. But I am suggesting that honesty and humility are interconnected, and that to be honest is to be willing to submit to all truth, even when it requires you to change.
Today, I will follow Nephi’s counsel to be willing to hearken to the truth. I will remember that the ability to accept corrective feedback graciously is a characteristic of an honest person.

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