Can telling the truth be wrong if it hurts someone?

How can I protect others when, by telling the truth, I will create problems for them?

Never be a talebearer who betrays a confidence or volunteers to tell what has not been asked: "A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter" (Proverbs 11:13). More likely, the issue is. "how may I avoid speaking truth when it will be unkind to another?" Lying or denying truth are clearly not options. Even selectively telling part of the truth is dishonest if it leaves a different impression upon the one who asked. You may suggest the questioner speak directly with the individual involved if he must know about the matter. You may also suggest that he consider the matter from that person's perspective. In that light, the truth may not be as detrimental to the other person. "Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry" (Proverbs 6:30). They do not excuse theft but they understand the thief!

J. Slabaugh