For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:3-4
“A lie, told often enough, becomes the truth.” Do you know who said that? Vladimir Lenin. One of the fathers of communism. It almost seems to be a principle our culture lives by today. It doesn’t really matter who does what. What matters, in our culture, is who is believed.
Most of us grew up with lies. “You’re dumb.” “You’re fat.” “You’ll never amount to anything.” “You’re a failure.” “You’re hopeless.” We have spent most of our lives trying to stop hearing those words, haven’t we? But there were other lies. “God is angry with you.” “God wants you to suffer.” “You are unlovable.” “You have to work hard to measure up.” Some of the lies still ring in our ears.
But they are lies. In the last post I wrote of the importance of walking in the light, rather than in the darkness. The lies, whether they came from our parents or from our churches, pull us into the darkness. They set us up for more pain and more failure. The only way to conquer the lies is to know and walk in the truth.
Walk in the truth. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus said He is the truth? When we walk with Him, we walk in truth. The lies fall away. With Him we learn that we are lovable, we are no longer failures, and God is not angry with us. And, in Jesus, we can help others find the truth that sets them free.
I remember the famous last words of a popular atheist. Just before he died, he said, “So it is true.” What a shame to get to the end of your life before understanding that you were wrong the whole time! Let’s walk boldly in the truth of God’s love. After all, it is true!