Reading this, I immediately thought of the Scripture, “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (v. 10). My own experience validates this: I can look back over the times in my life that God pointed me to ugly truths I didn’t want to see. As long as I refused to look at them, I remained in a feedback loop that made me miserable for years.
This started to change when, in deference to the Ugly Truth about myself, I started making a sustained effort to do those things I knew I should do. You know them, too—being patient, kind and forgiving. Somewhere along then, without my even being aware of it, God began breaking through my feedback loop to show me more of Truth. This time, she wasn’t so ugly. She was kind of pretty, actually, and I became happier around her. I felt whole for a change.
Once she had my attention, she began to show me why listening to her is so healing. It’s not something I can explain easily, but “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” –which is a beautiful place to be.