Delighting In Truth

John 8:32

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

It’s a sad day when so many people want to give out the truth, but they don’t want to accept it. You can be the best friend to someone and tell the the TRUTH about something and you lose a friend. Family don’t like truth, even if it’s backed up with the word of God. You tell the truth and it won’t take long, you will find yourself with out family and friends. You can spread the gospel of truth with the lost and many times they will get offended. You and your spouse can be head over heels with each other, flirting and just enjoying being together and something come up in conversation that causes the truth to be told, and all of a sudden you feel like enemies. As Christians we are really big on telling the truth, whether it be about our beliefs in our dress, our bible, our church and we want people to comply, but dare someone tell us the truth about ourselves. Believe me, I don’t like to hear the truth about myself, many times it hurts and it hurts deep. The TRUTH is, we get our pride knocked down when someone’s tells us the truth. We allow the pride within us to swell up and it makes us mad, we know the truth about ourselves many times and the truth hurts. But we need to remember Proverbs 16:18. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

We will surely fall if we allow pride to destroy us!!

We as Christians are proud of the fact that we live under grace and not under the law anymore. Many thrive on the fact that we’re not under the law, so there are things they don’t feel are applicable to today’s christian, yet when it comes to the TRUTH they don’t want to hear it. We’re not under the law, but we are under GRACE and TRUTH.

John 1:17 "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."

It’s easy to tell a lie or to live a lie, many refer to “their” lie, as a little white lie, but are there big lies and little lies or is a lie, a lie? It is not easy when you know someone is lying or living a lie. We want to point it out and get rid of it, yet we don’t want to hear about our lies, or lack of truth in our lives. Where do we draw the line on truth and lies? When you ask someone to do something and they say they will, but don’t, Is that a lie? It’s easy to overlook things like that because we have the grand excuse today of “I forgot” but to be honest most have the Scarlett Ohara mentality of, “tomorrow is another day” or “I’ll think about that tomorrow”

Do the people in your life even matter? Does your testimony with those people matter? Do you care what they think of you? Then you must be truthful!! And you must accept truth.

And I’m not talking just about telling the truth, I’m talking about knowing the truth about yourself. If someone told you that you were lazy, and in your heart you knew you were, could you handle it, or would you get mad? If your boss told you, you were sloppily dressed would you be offended or take the truth and do something about it?

Just in case you’re wondering, I am talking to myself, I already said, I don’t like to hear the truth about myself and many times I get my feelings hurt, or get upset over something and that is when I decide to “tell the truth” to whomever I am with and that is truth without grace..

In order to be right, we must have grace with truth.

And then maybe just maybe we could handle the truth!!

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