For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the the truth.
2 Corinthians 13:8
Wow. What an audacious, incredible statement to make: To only be able to do what is the truth…to NOT be able to do anything against truth.
Can you imagine a world where we cannot do anything in contradiction to the truth? A world where everything we do lines up, and is in agreementment, with the truth? What would that mean for me…for you?
Since Jesus claims, “I am the truth…” John 14:6…I have to start there. And start there humbly…and by His Word and Spirit continue in the courage and power of His truth. I need to accept the truths of Jesus, my Lord and my God:
I am a sinner…I am forgiven.
I was condemned because of my own sins to die…Jesus took the punishment for my condemnation by dying a cruel and bloody death on the cross for me.
I am frail. My body is mortal and subject to illness and death…There is nothing frail about our God. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering both sin and death. The truth of Jesus promises me eternal life with Him. I will be changed physically in the resurrection. Jesus promises that I will put on my eternal, immortal, imperishable—unfrail body—and that I will be with my Lord forever.
I am flawed. I still sin. I still act and react selfishly, defensively, offensively, pridefully (doggone it!)…The truth of God is that Jesus died for each and every one of my sins—past, present and future. And God’s truth calls me to humbly, sincerely confess all my sins to God, and God in His merciful love is faithful and just and will forgive all my sins and clean me, once again, from all iniquity—from all impurity on every level.
I am finite. I am limited in in wisdom, in strength, in power, in peace, in love…There is nothing finite about our God. There is nothing limited about our God—and with God all things are possible.
Wisdom—God’s truth tells me to recognize my lack of wisdom and ask for God’s wisdom, and God will give it to me generously.
Strength—God’s truth tells me that I can do all things through God’s stength.
Power—God’s truth tells me that God is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or even imagine, according to God’s power that is at work in me.
Peace—God’s truth tells me that as I give God all my anxieties, my worries, my fears and my frustrations, I will be given God’s peace that transcends all understanding to guard my heart and my mind in my Lord Jesus Christ.
Love—God’s truth tells me that God loves me so much that He sent His One and Only Son into the world that I might live through him. Since God so loved me, who was once His enemy, I am to love my enemies, I am to love others like Jesus loves me. And God truth tells me and promises to give me God’s unfrail, unlimited wisdom, strength, power and peace to be able to live and love like Jesus.
God’s truth: God is love. 1 John 4:8, 16
God’s truth for living out my faith: The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love. Galatians 5:6
May I, may each of us who are God’s children, live in God’s truth—accepting God’s grace and mercy and love for our own salvation and healing and be so transformed by God’s truth that we will offer God’s grace and mercy and love to others…to all others.
Let us not do—not be able to do—anything against God’s truth. Let us live and love in God’s truth, God’s whole and holy truth, and nothing but God’s truth.
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane