“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23).
Truth according to Merriam-Webster is sincerity in action, character, and utterance. The state of being the case: fact (2): the body of real things, events, and facts: actuality (3) often capitalized: a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.
We live in a day when many have adopted a lie as truth, and claim there are no absolutes. Our laws, education, life styles and even religion have been rewritten to accommodate and have been built upon whatever feels right with no absolutes. Many do not know the price that was paid for truth, the blood that has been shed because of truth. We live in such a way that we no longer have a sense of right and wrong, but rather model ourselves after others or society. When we live our lives in partial truth or the pretense of a supposed truth, we live a lie.
A truth is whole and complete… truth is absolute.
We have learned to live behind our reputation and not our character. We have a facade when we’re with others, but in the times alone, we weep because we long to know who we really are. Many are asking “Who am I ? With whom do I identify?”
Toddlers imitate those closest to them. During this age, more is caught than actually taught. As they develop into young people, they are faced with the age old conflict of identity. They long for intimacy. When this is missing from those closest to them, they pull away and isolate themselves from those who would provide genuine love and care. Instead they find it in what appears to be truth. They identify with other lost souls looking for their identity and that bond of intimacy. People are asking the right questions but getting wrong answers.
Too often we go through life lonely; trying to find ourselves. But, the truth is, we must first lose ourselves so we can find the One who would make us whole and give us our identity. We go through life trying to impress others and live up to expectations of those we hold in high esteem, but never quite taking ownership of truth for ourselves. Instead of coming to a knowledge of who we really are and who Jesus really is, we become what we think we ought to become and what others have told us we are to be. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and bring the captives home. Jesus is truth! To embrace truth is to embrace Jesus. We have to hold on to truth with all we have and not allow ourselves to be sold a bill of goods based upon a non-truth. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, a sound mind, and love.
Others are looking for truth, genuine, pure unadulterated truth, and we should never be afraid of truth but love it, embrace it and know that in our honesty lies the answer for deliverance.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
“I shall not speak tonight of those common forms of truth that relate to politics, to history, to science, or to ordinary life, yet would I say of all these—buy the truth. Never be afraid of the truth. Never be afraid in anything of having your prejudices knocked on the head. Always be determined, come what may, even though truth should prove you to be a fool, yet to accept the truth, and though it should cost you dear, yet still to pursue it, for in the long run they who build mere speculations, fancies, and errors, though they may seem to build suitable structures for the time, shall find that they are wood, hay, and stubble, and shall be consumed; but he that keeps to what he knows, to matters of fact, and matters of truth, builds gold, silver, and precious stones, which the trying fire of the coming ages shall not be able to destroy. I would sooner discover one fact, and lay down one certain truth, than be the author of ten thousand theories, even though these theories should for a while rule all the thought of mankind.” – Charles Spurgeon
Adapted from the writing of Linda Brown originally published at Healing Words 247