Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Living a lie to be politically correct is never as satisfying as living in truth.
Scriptures of the Day:
“He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”
“Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me.”
John 18:23-24, 37-38
“23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”
Ever been lied to? Silly question, I know. There is something about deceit that is painful. It is a betrayal, an intentionally masking of truth to keep it hidden and people ignorant. Why go to all that effort? What makes truth something people would want to hide from? If knowledge is power, than the person with knowledge is able to help others see or keep that insight to him or herself.
Sometimes we avoid truth because it is not popular or politically correct. Sometimes we would rather avoid it because it is painful and sometimes we want to pretend we are unaware because we would then be accountable to the truth we know.
Jesus did not beat around the bush. He not only spoke the truth, He WAS and IS Truth. He knew how desperately His people needed to hear truth. Being in the dark is not really living – it is existing a false life. Why live in darkness when we can walk in the light?
When Christ walked that road to Calvary, He did not waver in telling and living the truth, even though it cost Him dearly. When Pilate looked Jesus in the eyes and asked him what truth was, Jesus was not concerned with freeing Himself, but instead steadfastly told the truth, wanting Pilate to understand.
We are unacquainted with truth and unable to see or understand it until God mercifully reveals truth to us. Something innately within us bursts with peace when we hear God’s Holy, sweet truth. His truth convicts and liberates the sinner, setting the captives free from the bondage of lies. As we consider the celebration of Easter, I am so grateful for God’s revelation of truth that would open our eyes to see such a great salvation.
Lord, help us to walk in truth at the very core of our inner being and to shine Your Truth for all to see.