Truth. It’s a word we talk about frequently at our house. Let’s face it, in a family full of school-aged kids there are lots of stories that travel home from school. One of the things we try to stress is that just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true. In fact, just because you believe what someone said doesn’t make it true.
Truth is only as reliable as the source it comes from.
Our best source for Truth is the Word of God.
John 8:32 states “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
So tell me, if the Truth will set us free why do we avoid it? What are we afraid of?
You want to hear some serious truth? Jesus died for MY sin.
And He died for your sin too.
Guess what that makes us….sinners….but we’re sinners saved by His grace when we are willing to accept His TRUTH.
1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
That beautiful promise is wrapped in some heavy reminders, verse 8 reminds us that “If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
And verse 10 restates “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
The Message doesn’t mince any words: “If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”
These are important words to commit to memory – to obey – if we are a people who sincerely desire TRUTH to rule our lives. If we claim that we have no sin we are liars. If we claim that we’re free of sin – that it’s always someone else’s fault – we’re deceiving ourselves, and showing off our ignorance of God.
The truth of the matter is we ALL have sinned. Romans 3:23 confirms that fact: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
So perhaps instead of playing the victim, instead of being angry at whomever doesn’t agree with us, instead of pointing the finger of blame at the injustices around us yet never bothering to look at the way we justify our own sin, maybe just maybe we should simply admit that we’re part of the problem.
But wait, that would mean speaking the Truth.
I’ve heard it said that there are relationships that cannot survive the truth and I always have to wonder, if you choose to live with lies are you really surviving? And seriously, is it truly a relationship if you cannot speak or receive truth? I’m not a professional counselor but I have several friends who are. They have told me that relationships that are unable or unwilling to bear the weight of truth are usually abusive or co-dependent (one unhealthy behavior enabling another unhealthy behavior) and that they are not relationships; instead they are “arrangements” – the “let me have my own way and don’t try to tell me anything” arrangement.
Healthy relationships communicate; unhealthy arrangements manipulate.
Is it any wonder we live in a world of bitter, angry, victims?
The Truth WILL set us free.
But only if we’re willing to speak it and receive it.
Only if we’re willing to be honest with one another, to be in relationship, to give, to take, to listen, to learn.
The truth will set us free as much as we will allow it to.
This Christmas instead of worrying about what’s under the tree perhaps we should simply make sure we’ve accepted the gift that God has offered.
In the person of His Son, Jesus, the Christ of Christmas.
Without Him there is no reason to celebrate.
Without Him there is no Truth.