The truth makes you fearless

IT IS HARDER THAN EVER to know the truth these days. At least that’s what we say, right? Too many special interests, too many hidden agendas… it’s all too complicated.

This makes life difficult. I want to know what I should do, but all the noise makes it hard to decide. 

So we struggle with climate change, vaccines, domestic politics, regional wars, and fake news. We see people launching rockets at each other and buildings come crashing down.

Meanwhile millions of people suffer due to hunger and violence in Tigray, Rohingya, Latin America, and many other places in the world. 

Maybe we trust the government to tell us the truth. Or maybe we feel everything the government says is a huge lie. 

Why do these things happen? Who’s to blame?

Even if I ignore the news, the truth still hounds me. In my personal life, solid truths may be hard to come by.

Why do people behave the way they do? Why do people I care for make decisions that make no sense? Why do I react the way I do?

If I struggle with the truth, maybe it’s because I don’t have the essential truths fully packed down and solid.

Or maybe I don’t care much for the truth. And if that’s the case, life becomes meaningless.

Pontius Pilate famously asked Jesus, “What is truth?” 

Where do I find truth? Here’s where I hope to try:

In my speech. Do my words ring true? 

In my actions. Am I ashamed of the things I do? Would I care if the whole world knew?

In my thoughts. How would I feel if anyone could read my mind?

In the realization that I don’t know the truth about many things, this keeps me humble.

In the revelation that truth often escapes me — or that I try to escape from it — I come down from my high horse.

And upon answering Pilate’s question, I find the truth. 

He asked the Lord, “What is truth?” Jesus did not need to say a word.

His presence answered.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. So what does this Man/God/Truth do for me?

The truth makes you confident and courageous.

The truth makes you humble and sincere.

The truth makes you reliable and faithful.

The truth makes you strong enough to defend it.

The truth helps you sleep at night.

The truth gives you peace. 

Does the truth fix all the problems of the world and in your life? Not by a longshot.

Instead, the truth sets you free. 

Listen to Jesus speak the truth to you. Listen to him.

He says he understands you. He says he knows you made some big mistakes. He tells you he forgives you. He says he loves you and says it’s okay to love yourself too.

And just in case you’re unsure of the truth in his words, he goes to the cross for you. He holds nothing back to let you know the truth of his faithful love.

You can be certain that Jesus is truth. You can be sure. 

When you rest on Christ resurrected, the greatest truth of all, you’ll find you can navigate the storm.

You are no longer a slave to shame.

Instead, you are a child of God.

You gain understanding, and our chaotic world won’t affect you as much since you go forward with purpose. To love. To serve. And to proclaim the truth with action and word.

Jesus Christ is alive, and he will come again. God is love.

These truths make you fearless. You drive out your demons since you give up the fight to Almighty God.

So get to know the truth. Get to know the Lord Jesus more and more each day. Get to know yourself.

That’s all the truth you’ll ever need. 

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