What Happens When You Tell the Truth
Mary Baker Eddy taught that disease is a mental error not a physical disorder, and that the sick should be treated not by medicine but by a form of prayer that can correct the beliefs responsible for the illusion of ill health.”1 She erred greatly, but my aunt believed her and died from the “illusion” of cancer. Truth matters. Truth is opposed to falsehood or mere appearance. The New Testament definition of truth includes faithfulness and trustworthiness.
Jesus reveals life as it is and can be. He is utterly dependable. What He says, He does. What He appears to be, He is. From His innermost being rivers of integrity flow. He is full of grace and truth (John 1:14) and the source of the same for all who receive Him (John 1:17). Is your truth-telling up to the full mark? Do you have leaks that need sealed and forgiven?
Jesus is the truth standard and spring. He enables His followers to be people of the truth. To walk in His footsteps we must speak and live the truth. Both are challenging in a world where lying is habitual among political leaders and their followers alike.
Have you kept your mouth closed while friends, relatives and neighbors who do not know Jesus personally live meaningless lives in quiet desperation with no clue how to escape it? Ouch! My own life is checkered with failure there. I have been more concerned with what they think of me than what they think of Jesus’ offer of forgiveness, freedom, and purpose. Have you as well? Telling the truth with gentleness and respect can be the turning point in their lives (1 Peter 3:15). It is also undeniably risky. When Jesus told the truth, some became believers and others became angry. We can expect the same when we tell the truth.
In a Peanuts comic strip, on the first day of the new school year, the students wrote an essay about returning to class. Lucy wrote, “Vacations are nice, but it is good to get back to school. There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding knowledge.” The teacher was pleased. In the final frame Lucy leans over and whispers to Charlie Brown, “After a while you learn what sells.”2 That is just the temptation, is it not?
A person in my church was given food by another woman who had also made some for herself. She was later asked, “How was the such-and such?” She said, “Oh, it was fine!” The giver said, “That’s strange. Mine was wormy.” The woman caught in the lie insisted she would not repeat that error. Such commitments are frequently tested. Both remaining silent when we should speak and lying smooth relationships temporarily, but at a great long-term cost. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #truth
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