TRUTH, do you care about it and do you want it? By this point you are more than likely feeling like this is a rhetorical question! Of course we want the TRUTH. The alternative is lies! None of us want to be lied to. The problem is, WHAT IS TRUTH?
Is TRUTH an opinion or a point of view? Is TRUTH determined by our intellect and the education we received? Is TRUTH acquired by the family of origin we were raised in?
Is TRUTH taught through the news channel we tune into or through the podcast we listen to? Is TRUTH delivered to our fingertips as we scroll through our social media? Is TRUTH indicative of our feelings and rights?
If your definition of TRUTH is defined by the culture we live in then the answer is YES, YES, YES, YES, YES and YES!
The world has defined TRUTH as a “Conformity with fact or reality.” It is also defined as, “Agreement with a standard or original.” Finally, it is defined as, “An obvious or accepted fact.”
Conformity, Agreement, and Accepted…all of these terms imply or even dictate that we be in some kind of understanding or agreement of the facts in order for it to be TRUTH!
When we allow these definitions of TRUTH to determine our definition of TRUTH we are in a world of trouble. We are frustrated, confused, angry, afraid and find ourselves in all kinds of quarrels and disputes! We are easily led astray and can find ourselves way too far down a wrong path.
The world cannot define TRUTH for us! We must rely on the TRUTH Himself to not only define TRUTH in our lives, but to direct us how to SPEAK THAT TRUTH IN LOVE!
Sound familiar? I hope so! That is the statement of my Blog Site, “SpeakTruthLove.com”
“Instead, speaking the TRUTH in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, CHRIST.”
TRUTH is not a definition, it is a person…TRUTH is JESUS CHRIST!
Jesus tells us Himself in the I AM statement for today, that HE IS THE TRUTH!
“JESUS ANSWERED, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”
THE ONLY DEFINITION BY WHICH WE MUST DEFINE TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF!
Do you feel anxious? Are you ever frustrated and confused trying to make heads or tails out of all of the information coming your way? Have you ever been misquoted, misunderstood or misinformed? If you have, you are in good company!
When Jesus speaks this I AM statement, He is in the Upper room having His last and final meal with His closest friends, His Disciples. They are tired and frustrated and confused. They have received three years of instruction and modeling from JESUS Himself, yet they are wrought with anxiety as Jesus addresses them for the last time before His crucifixion. Jesus tells them He is leaving them and that they are not to be troubled.
“DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED…..” JOHN 14:1a
Thomas’ heart wrenching outcry here, chills me to the bone and reminds me of myself!
“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” John 14:5
Does this sound familiar, it sure does to me! “Lord, I believe I am right. This person is accusing me and they did not even ask me for the truth!” Or, sometimes it goes more like this, “Lord, this person is credible, they must be speaking truth!”
Softly and lovingly I hear my JESUS whisper these words of TRUTH to me, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE! No one comes to the Father except through me.” “You know the WAY to the place I am going, for I am also THE WAY, and you will have LIFE because you can come to the FATHER through me!”
TRUTH is not a definition left to debate, TRUTH is a person, TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST and in that TRUTH you are set free!
“Then you will know THE TRUTH, and THE TRUTH will set you free.” John 8:32
TRUTH is not a relative word left to our conformity, agreement or acceptance, TRUTH is JESUS CHRIST and Him ALONE!
JESUS is the way, the truth and the life! There is no other life worth living!
Speak Truth Love