Day 17: Truth: The Key to Freedom
Why does truth matter?
Written by John Beckett
Series: 30 Day Next Steps
“Buy the truth and do not sell it” (Proverbs 23:23)
Imagine chatting with the Apostle Paul over a good cup of coffee. You ask, “Paul, what drives you to try to reach everyone with the gospel?”
He might say, “To make known the truth that there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (see 1 Timothy 2:5).
His answer is profound, and basic to our beliefs. There aren’t multiple gods, but one. And there’s only one way to God—through Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The essence of truth is the Lord Himself. Why must we contend for the truth?
- Truth frees us. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
- Truth guides us. “When He, the [Holy] Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
- Truth guards us. When we “receive the love of the truth,” we arm ourselves against the insidious power of deception (see 2 Thessalonians 2:10 and Matthew 24:4).
Are you a high school student? You know lying and cheating are art forms. Are you in college? Objective truth is ridiculed on today’s campuses. Are you in business? Too often, truth is abandoned for expediency and financial gain.
Truth matters. God calls on us as believers to know and hold fast to the truth, no matter the cost.
Were you tempted today to tell a lie, but you told the truth anyway? What happened next? Are you being false about something in your life? Telling the truth to someone can help you be free!