To Tell the Truth

Devotionals from Dad

09-05-2023 • 5 mins

There is a game show that I enjoy watching it is called, “To Tell the Truth.” On the show, three contestants claim to be a person with an unusual characteristic or occupation. One is telling the truth, and the other two are impostors. Four celebrity panelists ask them questions to figure out who is telling the truth. In the world today there are many people who claim to be telling the truth. Some may be telling the truth. Others may be telling you what they believe to be the truth, but they simply do not know what the truth is. Sadly many people are flat out lying to you, so that they can get something from you. For example, there is rarely a day go by that I do not receive a text message that is some sort of scam. Many times these messages say that my social security number has been used fraudulently and that I need to respond immediately to avoid some sort of trouble. According to an article from the social security administration, fraudsters prey on peoples fear of breaking the law and have stolen almost $64 million last year through scams... One of the most difficult tasks in society today is sifting through all the rhetoric during an election campaign season to know who is the best candidate to vote for!!!! In the world today many believe that the Bible is just merely stories that were written by men from their own imagination. Fiction rather than fact. But as believers, we know the truth!

John 14:6 NIV Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We live in a society that is constantly searching for the truth. But we also live in a society that does not persevere in truth. Truth has become a product, aimed at satisfying a need. Social media timelines are flooded with fake news stories, and a new theory has emerged: we now live in a “post-truth” society. A world in which truth no longer matters, where facts are countered by “alternative facts”, and reality is more about your media diet than about the truth. It is disheartening that the world is blind to the real truth. In John chapter 16 Jesus speaks to the disciples about how He needed to go away so that the Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth, can come to them.

John 16: 12-13 NIV I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

So here we are, in this world demanding tolerance of everybody’s truth, everybody’s ideas. We sift our words carefully so that others won't find them offensive. We run from strong words, fearing we may called intolerant, but how much do I truly love someone if I wont tell them the truth, because I am afraid I may offend them! Apart from Christ, people are dead in their sins and destined for an eternity in hell. But in Christ they can receive new life and eternal salvation. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. The real truth is this, we all have a soul that will live for eternity! Where you spend that eternity is up to you! We must speak God’s truth in a way that clear and communicates both truth and love. We share the the truth of the gospel because we love the people for whom Christ died and Jesus died for everyone.

John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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