Jesus said to him: I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
We have all heard this verse before, but today the Lord showed me something that I want to share with you about the truth. If we walk in the truth, we walk with Christ because He is the truth. On the contrary, if we walk in lies, we find ourselves far from Him. We cannot say that we walk with Christ if our life is full of lies and falsehoods.
What is the truth? Biblically the truth is (Heb. zemeth, something firm [solid, valid, authentic]; Gr. aletheia). According to the Greek classics, it means no concealment (a-lthes) or what we can see (expressed, indicated) as it is. According to the NT: what has certainty (strength) or can be trusted. Therefore, aletheia corresponds to the Heb. zemeth when it means fidelity and reliability. Terms related to aletheia are althes (referring to persons means genuine, true, honest, without evil); in the NT, it applies to Jesus and God, but not to human beings.
The Bible is clear about the truth; it clearly states that God is a God of Truth. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:6. It is also emphasized to us again and again that only the truth makes us truly free: “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him: If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Walking in lies and denying the truth is denying Christ and his beautiful sacrifice on the cross. "But we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us the understanding to know him who is true; and we are in the true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." (1 John5:20) One of the greatest legacies of Jesus was walking in the truth. There was no deception in Him, and the truth, was always His standard. "And that Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." (John 1:14) We as children of God must walk in the truth; we must put aside lies and falsehood and thus honor his legacy.
If we sincerely want to walk with the truth (Christ), we need to be steadfast in living under the truth. "Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit." (Psalm 34:13) Telling righteous or white lies does not exist, sin is sin, and there are no levels. That comment that a small lie is not bad is a big lie because that is where it starts. Lying becomes a vicious circle because, to sustain the first lie, you will have to resort to many more. "Remove from you the perversity of the mouth, and remove from you the iniquity of the lips." (Proverbs 4:24)
Today I invite you if you want to walk with Christ. Take advantage of this time to examine your life and make the necessary arrangements. There is nothing better than walking with the truth. Walking with Christ is walking in freedom, with his protection, and enjoying his love and mercy. "31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him: If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)
If you wish to experience his freedom, I invite you to say this prayer with me:
Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice, Thanks for taking upon yourself all my sins and dying for me on the cross. Thank you for redeeming me from my sins. I recognize that I need you, that without you, I am nothing. I acknowledge that you gave your life for me and carried my sins because you love me. Please, guide me, and help me cope with any problem or situation that I am going through. Take control of my life and help me every day, help me live in compliance with your Word, keep lies and falsehood away from me, and give me a new heart full of you and your love. Thank you because I know that I will begin a journey with you. In your Holy name, name above all names, Jesus, Amen.
If you prayed this prayer today, I invite you to read: John 15: 1-17.