We all need to get feedback from others to help us make the best possible decisions. A wife may ask her husband for the simple truth of whether a specific piece of clothing helps her to make a good presentation at a job interview. If the husband withholds the truth, he does her no favor. He may want to choose his words carefully and not tell the love of his life that a particular dress makes her look fat (smile). He may suggest that a more flattering dress may be more appropriate for such an auspicious occasion. However, the greatest gift he could extend is to tell his wife the truth she seeks from him.
The truth is a welcome relief in a world of fake news and grandiose claims to gain a bigger audience on Facebook or Instagram. However, the pain that follows believing a lie may last a lifetime!
There are moments when the truth may make you miserable (like realizing that your new dress is way too tight to be complimentary), but the misery will last but a moment. The wise look for the truth and shun all lies! Be wise enough to seek the truth.
Jesus prayed for His followers and asked His Father to set them apart from everyone else, to sanctify them by exposing them to divine truth. He requested that God teach them His Word, which is truth. In a world driven by lies and deception, the truth of God’s Word ultimately brings the difference we seek. There are things we will not hear in the world, but God will tell us the truth and expose the lies we so readily believe.
Jesus elsewhere told His disciples that truth liberates those incarcerated by deception. You will not know true freedom until you have encountered and have remained in the truth you need:
To continue in God’s Word is key to being a disciple of the Lord. The Lord continues to teach us by His Holy Spirit as we read and consider His words daily. As a result, we begin to recognize the truth progressively. As we treat God’s Word as truth for our lives, we will see freedom emerging in areas where we feel stuck or bound.
The wise treat God’s Word as truth, and that truth will bring about a much-needed liberation in their lives. It is that liberation, that freedom, that sets true believers apart from everyone else.
Excerpted from The Daily Christian: Wisdom by Iann Schonken.
- Commit that you will become a person who will not only seek divine truth regularly. No, you will be someone who will confidently live by the truths you know!
- Ask the Lord to expose any lies you may believe. Ask Him to give you the grace to live by the truths you receive from His Word.
- Remind yourself that the wise treat God’s Word as the truth.