Is Positive Always the Truth?

The Babylonian captivity had begun, but some prophets arose saying that the captivity would not last long. However, they lied, and so Jeremiah had to say to those listening to the false prophets, “Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the LORD’s house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon’; for they prophesy a lie to you”‘” (Jeremiah 27:16).
These prophets wanted to sound positive and hopeful, but in so doing, they spoke lies to the people, because they claimed to speak for the Lord when the Lord did not send them.
If the Lord has a positive message, speak it, but if He has a negative one, do not try to make it sound like something that He did not say. Speak as the Bible speaks!

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