Our pastor spoke on the subject of “Truth” on Sunday. It is part of his series on “The Ten Commandments”. Each has been thought-provoking and has made every one of us look at these commandments in a different light.
Our small group wrestled with this subject of “truth” last night – as we revisited the message from Sunday.
Truth is very subjective. We each have a unique way of looking at events – past and present. We have a way of justifying our own view-point – and even twisting facts to present ourselves in a better light. All of us our self-centered to the core – and it’s only through the grace and love of Jesus that we have any hope at all. Outside of Him – we mess it up pretty badly.
What is truth?
The only truth we know is the person of Jesus Christ – who is Himself the embodiment of truth – the living Word of God. Apart from Him we are destined to get it only partially right – struggling with ourselves and others until we die.
People have been wrestling with the subject of truth since the Garden of Eden. And the enemy has been trying to twist the truth so that even we start to doubt what God really said – and what He really meant when He said it. We twist truth just enough to justify our actions. We all do it. And though Satan is the “Father of lies” – we need to realize something about our own nature – we lie and don’t always tell the whole truth – even when we believe we have. And sometimes we cannot point our finger and blame him. We don’t need to look any further than our own self for the real blame. We want something – so we twist truth to get it. We don’t want to be blamed for something that we had a part in – so we point a finger at another person or at Satan and deflect any blame off of us. That kind of deceit is not lost on God – He knows what the score is – even if other people are fooled – even if we have even successfully fooled ourselves.
The difference between our truth and the truth of God – is that our truth can be self-centered and twisted – God’s truth is always redemptive and without agenda.
I want it. I will lie to get it. I will call it truth. I am in denial.
The Word Of God sets up boundaries for us. If we stay within the protection of those boundaries – we live a life of truth and safety. When we step outside of God’s protection – He will not stop us – in fact He will let us do it – it’s just not the best for us – and the fall-out is enormous and does not bring lasting peace and happiness.
Truth. What is truth?
Bill Cosby was quoted as saying, “The only time children tell the truth is when they are in pain” They lie to get what they want – they are just not as clever as we are. But we all do this. When in pain – and we are forced to “come clean” with the truth it looks a lot differently than what we had lied to ourselves about. And sometimes saying and speaking the truth is lonely and misunderstood. It’s not always comfortable. In fact it’s down right miserable at times. Simple truth is like that. And some people get it and some don’t.
Jesus knew this. There were those in His time that did not get it either. Truth was way too threatening for them. And they had Him killed because of it.
Can we always tell the truth? Even if it hurts to say it? Even if we know if might split apart a relationship? Even if it will cause repercussions among family and friends? Do I strive to live in truth? To say only the things that are redemptive and good? To live a life of honor and transparency? Not always. I’ve blown it – just like you. But I want to model my life after Christ’s example – and it’s a start to come clean with what the truth really is – and not be satisfied with “half-truths” and “gossip” about others just to make myself appear better.
But striving to Live in truth is the only way to live. And some day I hope to arrive there.
Below enjoy a song from John Mayer “Say what you need to say” – one of my favorites – follow the link to “Watch this on youtube”