“Truth is a glorious but hard mistress. She never consults, bargains, or compromises.” – A.W. Tozer
Truth. The dictionary defines truth as “the real facts about something : the things that are true.”
Biblically speaking, truth is “not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.” (Strong’s Greek)
Truth is, we all want someone who we can be vulnerable with . . .
someone we can show transparency, exposing our hurts, shortcomings, struggles . . .
someone we can be completely up-front and honest with.
We want that person to be lovingly understanding of us, show us integrity, be merciful. Yet, so many times in life and in our relationships, we find ourselves turning away from others because people let us down. So we run, or maybe we do a fast walk, or even a slow, sulk. And then we drift apart . . . or perhaps completely turn away. So instead, we turn further into ourselves, living in pretense.
But the real truth is . . . we can have that Someone.
You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. – John 8:32
I don’t have to live in the trappings of pretense, of the believing the lies the enemy wants me to hear. The Truth has set me free.
Truth. It does exist . . . it is real . . . it is straightforward.
Sometimes, the Truth has stopped me right in my tracks. At other times, Truth is tapping me on the shoulder – redirecting my focus, my eyes. Instead of looking inward, or avoiding the eye contact, Truth tells me to look upward. Truth reminds me to look around and get myself back on the right road.
And then there have been times, Truth has had to get me square by the shoulders and look me straight eye-to-eye, just like a parent with a child. Gently, but firmly, steering me home.
Truth . . . God’s Truth does not consult, bargain or compromise.
His Truth gives me comfort and hope. It is my Freedom.