Sometimes we don’t want to know the truth and we don’t want to tell the truth. If the truth sets us free, why are we so afraid of it?
Many times I think we argue against truth because we know that if we know that the truth will cause pain to someone else. Or we know that the truth might cause us pain if it is revealed. So we hide from the truth, somehow believing that freedom is not found there.
However, when we look at the opposite of truth it is clear that there is no freedom found there. There is no freedom in keeping secrets, in lies, in deception, in hiding behind an untruth. There is great liberation that comes of freeing ourselves from the web that deceit creates.
If I have learned anything over the past twenty years, I have learned that although the truth is painful at times, speaking truth, seeking truth, believing truth and acting on it is the only way to find freedom. It isn’t always easy to go through the process of arriving at the truth, but when we are dealing the facts it is easier to work through them than it is to find our way amidst things that are not true.
It is no wonder Jesus told the Jews in John 8 who had begun to follow Him that they would know the truth and the truth would set them free. I would add there are steps that lead up to that knowledge of truth… speaking the truth, seeking the truth, asking for the truth. Because then the truth can be found and it sets everyone free.
As this song suggests, one of the greatest truths that we can seek and speak is the truth about who we are and who God is….