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I am teaching today about TRUTH. If you asked the average person what is truth, you might receive a blank stare or perhaps an opinion that reflects that person’s view of reality. I’m sure you’ve noticed that our society’s definition of truth is often based upon personal experiences and feelings. The inevitable result is a wide variety of ideas about truth along with many questions. Actually, this is not a new trend. Pilate asked his own
question to Jesus: “What is truth?” (John 18:38)
Although the world is reluctant to accept the answer, Christ claims that He is the truth (John 14:6). Furthermore, He gave us His Spirit of truth (John 16:13) so we can understand His Word, which is truth (John 17:17). Now I don’t think you can get any more precise than that. That’s why you and I should be people of truth – in what we believe, how we speak, and how we
One common misconception is that honesty only pertains to what we say. But actually, every word we speak flows from our hearts. (Matthew 12:34). TRUTH IS REALLY A CHARACTER ISSUE. It is thefoundation upon which we ought to build our lives. If this quality is missing, our decisions will be
shaped by our circumstances rather than by what we know to be true. We’ll only be honest when it’s convenient. But when it’s not, we’ll resort to half‐truths or outright lies.
TO BUILD HONESTY INTO OUR LIVES, WE MUST FIRST RECOGNIZE WHAT LEADS US INTO DECEPTION. People usually lie for several basic reasons: out of fear, to avoid hurting someone, to protect themselves, for profit, or to gain an advantage. But these motives ARE rooted in Satan’s
lies. Any short‐term benefits we experience with deception will eventually be lost.
For example, telling lies actually increases fear because we live in dread of being found out. And instead of protecting ourselves, deception places us outside the safe boundaries of God’s will. Furthermore, lies don’t protect other people because they damage relationships and produce distrust. As for the promise of profit or advantage, the Bible says “He who profits illicitly troubles his own house.” (Proverbs 15:27) In the
end, there are absolutely no benefits to deception.
That’s why it’s so important to examine our weaknesses and discover why
we sometimes veer from the truth. After uncovering the heart issues that
prompt dishonesty, we can then ask God to empower us the next time we
are tempted to lie.
I have three more scripture readings I want you to look up. I do hope you are keeping up with all the scriptures I give you in each newsletter – the Lord gives them to me for YOU. The last three are Proverbs 6:16-17, 1 Timothy 1:6-7, and 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Because everything in our lives can
become distorted when we don’t know what God has said.
My prayers and God’s blessing! And have a wonderful, safe 4th of July holiday!