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.
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”)
Truth never asks for mere admirers, but for followers. Admirers can turn into followers or they can turn into traitors. Admirers are infatuated with greatness, but pull back at first sign of trouble. Admiring truth rather than following it can turn into hate, jealousy, and revenge. At first sign of danger, admirers become offended by truth and can no longer see the tranquility they seek after. True followers brave any danger. Admirers spinelessly keep themselves detached. They play it safe and run away with tails tucked in. The follower aspires with all his strength to become what he admires. When it’s dangerous to confess truth, it becomes evident who the mere admirers are and who the true followers are. When things are calm, it’s too easy to confuse admirers with followers. And admirers can themselves be deluded into thinking they are true followers.
When the going gets tough, the weak run away. And when the going gets tough, the tough hold fast to truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIRV)
Are you merely an admirer or a true follower?
(Thoughts after reading Soren Kierkegaard, ‘Followers, Not Admirers’)