Some people have a favorite Bible verse. They have a tried and true life motto that they continually come back to. I have a hard time always liking the same verses. If I’m honest, I have to acknowledge that my life circumstances often dictate what verses I like and what verses I…well hate. When I happily read about having joy in the midst of trials, I am usually not in the midst of a trial. When I am encouraged by scripture about community and forgiveness, I am usually not in conflict with anyone. When I smile while reading about a wife’s call to submit to her husband, my husband has usually just agreed with me or cleaned the kitchen. I’ll read the whole Bible, but it doesn’t always feel good.
Feeling good. Who doesn’t want to feel good? Who doesn’t want to cozy up to a convenient truth and sing kumbaya? If I really want to feel good, though, I have to face the truth. The truth can hurt, but a lie hurts so much more. I might feel good for a moment, but eventually deception falls apart and I face the truth anyway.
The truth is independent of how I feel about it. It simply is. It doesn’t matter what my past experiences are or what my intuition says the future will bring. The truth is. I don’t enjoy facing the ugliness in myself and this world, but facing it is much better than being defeated by it. The truth doesn’t always feel good, but the result is good.
This is what feels good:
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10
- Coming to the Father
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
- The Gospel, the Holy Spirit, and an inheritance in Heaven
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
- Being near to God
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalms 145:18
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
- Fastened Armor
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness… Ephesians 6:14
- Being Fully equipped
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3: 16-17
“I believe that in the end the truth will conquer.” ~ John Wycliffe
“Let us rejoice in the truth, wherever we find its lamp burning.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace.” ~ J. C. Ryle