For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. – 2 Corinthians 13:8
What an audacious, incredible concept this is: To not be able to do anything against the truth. To only be able to do what is for the truth. Can you imagine a world where we could not do anything in contradiction to the truth? A world where everything we did lined up with and was in agreement with the truth? What would that mean for you? For me?
Jesus declares, “I am the truth” (John 14:6). So, we need to start there. Humbly. Continuing from there, courageously, in God’s truth found in His Word and revealed by His Spirit.
We each need to accept God’s transforming truths fully, intimately and personally:
I am loved. Out of God’s love, He created me. God’s love is unfailing, abounding, everlasting, patient, kind, protective, faithful, righteous. God’s love endures forever.
I am a sinner. I am forgiven. Jesus died to set me free from the power and bondage of sin.
I am frail. My body is mortal, subject to illness and death. There is nothing frail about God. Jesus rose from the dead to set me free from the power and bondage of death. One day, God will give me my eternal, imperishable, unfrail body and I will live with my Lord forever.
I am flawed. I still sin. I still act and react selfishly, foolishly, defensively, offensively and pridefully – far too quickly and far too often. There is nothing flawed about our God who is full of grace and truth. Our God is holy, righteous and just. Our God is perfect love whose mercies and compassions never fail.
I am finite. I am limited in wisdom, in strength, in power, in peace and in love. There is nothing finite about our God. He is the Eternal One. The Alpha and the Omega. There is nothing limited about our God. With God all things are possible.
God’s transforming truths are meant to guide us, fill us and protect us. God wants us to line up and agree with, to stand and live in, His transforming truths in every area of our lives:
In Wisdom – Wisdom first comes when we fear the Lord (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10).
We need to humbly acknowledge our lack of wisdom, asking God to give it to us – and God will give His wisdom to us generously (James 1:5).
In Strength – We can do all things through the strength Christ gives us (Philippians 4:13).
In Power – God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:21).
In Peace – As we give God all of our anxieties, worries, fears and frustrations – in prayer and with thanksgiving – we will be given God’s transcending peace to guard our hearts and our minds in our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:6-7).
In Love – God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). God loves us so much that He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10). Since God so loved us – who were once His enemies – we are to love our enemies also (Colossians 1:21; Luke 6:27, 35). We are to love others the way Jesus loves us (John 15:17; 1 John 4:11-12). The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6).
May each of us line up with and live in God’s truths and be so transformed that we offer God’s love, grace and truth to others. To all others. May God help us to not be able to do anything against God’s truth. May God help us to live in and live for God’s truth, God’s whole and holy truth – and nothing but God’s truth.