How do we approach truth?

truth vs lieJust read this today and my heart leapt…!

Jesus calls himself “the truth” (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:7; 16:13). Any time we are not living from Jesus’ perspective, the foundation of truth, we are in some way connected to the father of lies, the devil. When we experience negative or painful consequences as a result of choosing to talk in truth, we may be tempted to quit. This is exactly the point where our faith in God’s truth gets tested. To choose to speak the truth in love, even when there is great cost to us, confirms our trust in God’s ways, rather than our own ways.

Are you willing to risk being truthful in love above anything that you fear or anything that you desire? God is truth. Are you willing to put God, His truth and His ways above anything that you fear or want? Are you willing to go beyond your fears and desires and expose whatever needs to be exposed for you to be truly known?

Remember: Truth without love is harsh and destructive; love without truth lacks substance. It must be truth with love.

I say… Yes, yes, yes, yes! Avoiding the truth only leads to bondage. Jesus, who is the Truth, invites us into freedom when we walk in His Spirit who is Love.

Source and learn more from…

Barry and Lori Byrne
Nothing Hidden Ministries
http://nothinghidden.com

A Thousand Ways to Kill Jesus

Who in your life told you the truth about yourself so clearly that you wanted to kill them for it?
…Who in your life has represented Jesus Christ in your life?

True friends love you in truth, show you the way and want you to know full life… so much that they’re willing to die for you… even by your own hand… or at the least, be verbally abused by you.

Jesus is the light of the world.
You will either worship Him or do everything you can to snuff Him out.

There are a thousand ways to kill Jesus in your life… you don’t need a cross and nails… one is by keeping your mouth shut when someone asks if you know Him. Or by failing to stand for truth when a fight is about to break out between the weak and the strong.

Do you claim to know the mind of God, yet so prepared to use force if necessary? Jesus comes as a mirror in our lives. He reveals truth to us and if we are so appalled by it, we will do everything we can to smash Him to pieces.

(Thoughts after reading Barbara Brown Taylor, “Truth to Tell”)