By: Alan Smith
Have you ever really wanted to know the truth? Perhaps the real question for all of us is can we really handle the truth when we hear it? The truth is we are scared of truth because truth speaks change to our lives, and we don’t always embrace change. We ignore, or sometimes even deny truth because of our fear of change or confrontation. Why do we stay in denial and run from the truth when the truth can set us free? Could it be that truth ignored is truth lost? There are so many questions that we must answer within ourselves in order to move forward with truth in our lives. In John 8:32 Jesus encouraged us to take hold of the truth when He said: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Perhaps we are waiting for the truth to set us free; but the truth is, that truth must be captured and experienced before freedom comes into our lives. Truth is a word that requires action. Why search for truth in the Bible and in various other places, if it only serves to flatter our ears? We must put truth into action and embrace change. Do you feel stuck in your life? Do you feel there is no where to turn? Do you feel that you are held captive by your circumstances? All three of these questions represent false truth in our lives. Why do we appropriate our faith in these false truths? It is amazing to me how we have more faith for the non-truths than we do for truth. It is imperative that we embrace real truth, and it is only then that we will walk in real freedom. The more truth we walk in, the more freedom we will experience in life. If we say no to truth or ignore truth, then truth is lost in that moment of time, and thus the freedom that came with it. True freedom comes from life. And true life comes from the truth that comes from the Spirit of the Lord.
In the verse above we see that the Holy Spirit comes to us with the purpose of guiding us into all truth. Truth must be very important if this is the mission for which the Holy Spirit was sent. Do you see? He was sent as the Spirit of Truth; our comforter. As the Holy Spirit guides us into truth, He will also comfort us during the changes brought about by truth and during the confrontation with truth. I am encouraged to know that it is possible to live in innumerable truths each day of my life, since the Holy Spirit is guiding me in this fantastic journey. Consider this: when we are living in truth, it is then that we can live in true reality; and only then, that we can move forward in life. New truth awaits anyone who has a teachable spirit.
Let’s explore another possibility. Could revelations of truth be plotted on the map of life’s journey to lead us to our created destination? With the same token, could living a life in non truth equal a created destination of unhappiness, sadness, and much confusion? Truth vs. non-truth: it is our choice, and in choosing, we are choosing the light or the darkness; life or death. So now you might ask, how can I know that someone is speaking truth to me? Let’s look at the following scripture to gain more understanding.
First of all, I can see that whoever has truth to give to another must give it from a heart of love. This indicates to us that truth must be immersed or coated in this love before it can be swallowed. If truth were a spiritual vitamin pill, it would have to have a buffered coating of love to be received into the heart of man. Likewise, as we walk in truth with this coating of love, we will grow more into the likeness of Christ, as He is the example of living in truth coated in love. How can we know this love coating is genuine? Let’s read the next verse.
This love is a love that is very happy and full of joy. It rejoices in this new truth that is being given. This love is a love that protects the one who is receiving the new revelation of truth. This love is a love that trusts in the truth that is being given. This love is a love that never loses hope in the truth and what it accomplishes. This love is a love that has a resolve and does not waiver. This love is a love that perseveres and will not give up under the most unbelievable odds. Furthermore, this lovely truth will sometimes cause you to be viewed as an enemy instead of a friend. We can see this in the following verse.
Truth in love, when it is received by the recipient, causes things to change. This change to our lives is not always received gladly, and it may even cause us to feel uncomfortable. Truth is like a knife unto a surgeon: it will cut and bruise, but healing can then begin. It is the truth that brings us out of darkness into light. Light is what we need to see in this dark world. More light is needed now than ever before.
We see in the verse above that we were once in darkness. This darkness is a life of living in false truths and of living in denial of real truths. As the Holy Spirit guides us into real truths of reality, we start walking in light. This new found light brings us into a new world of life and joy. We are encouraged to be children of this light, as it will bring forth a fruit of goodness, righteousness, and more truth. Be blessed this day as we call upon the Holy Spirit to guide us into more truth each and every day. And, may He comfort us as we face the changes that real truth will bring into our lives.