Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 4, 2016
No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Revelation 14:5
Truth reveals hidden realities. Hence, the lover of truth daily discovers new opportunities to walk wisely in the ways of Christ. Because He is the Truth, a love relationship with Jesus illuminates truth by His Spirit and illustrates truth by His life. The fruit of truth grows in a life of educated faith. Those who romance truth in God’s Word grow to know Him in deeper intimacy. Just as a loving husband pursues his wife, so loving followers of Jesus seek out His truth and His life.
Is the foundation of your relationships based on honest truth or dishonest deception? If you commit to open agendas, pure motives and transparent communication, you value truth. Honesty is a tool for loving correction, not a club for angry retaliation. You speak the truth in love to one another and so bear one another’s burdens. You rejoice, as you truly do life together. Truth talking facilitates freedom to trust, as fear of a secret life fades away and is forgotten.
“Love rejoices in truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6).
Love loves truth because it knows truth sharing is caring. When we love someone enough to not leave them in their ignorance we show we care. Love takes the time to explain and instruct, not complain and erupt. Yes, you patiently instruct your child in the teachings of Christ, so they will come to know Him and grow in His grace. Under pressure it is hard not to take the easy route of resisting full disclosure, fear can cause facts to be withheld. Help your child not hide the truth.
Season your passion of truth with the spices of humility and grace. Truth is volatile in the hands of pride, but embedded in a heart of humble grace it experiences transforming results. “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:2). Also, use humor to illustrate hard facts that seem harsh when spoken directly—levity can lighten the mood when the seriousness of a situation begins to become real. Above all, love Jesus, Truth personified. His Spirit will direct you in all truth, so you can live truth in a spirit of love.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
PrayerHeavenly Father, my heart is to know You and Your truth so I can help others be set free.
ApplicationWho do I need to clarify the truth, so there are no unnecessary misunderstandings?
Related ReadingPsalm 26:2-3; Romans 12:9; Ephesians 5:9; 2 John 1:1-3
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