Truth

December 2, 2011

Man_Up

Learn to discern the truth. It may not be as easy as it seems. When you hear only one side of the story is it the truth? It might be or it might not be but I can assure you of one thing. It will be biased. All of us have our own opinions on all things and all that we share will be slanted in that direction. Even if we do not share a falsehood we may lean in a direction that promotes our own agenda and others will as well. Deliberately work on ways to discern the truth. Prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit might be a good place to start.

Make yourself accept the truth. If someone you believe in or trust tells you something does that automatically make it the truth? Or if someone you don’t trust tells you something does that make it not the truth. I believe that we must have people in our lives that we trust and that means until proven differently. One might even consider it this way as well. We need people in our lives that trust us and are willing to fight for us even if the possibility exists that we that we are in the wrong. Jesus did. He said father forgive them for they know not what they do. However that doesn’t change the fact that the truth is not established by the person who tells you something. The truth is the truth because it is the truth. Once the truth is established you must make yourself accept it regardless of what or who told you.

Once you have discerned the truth and come to a place to accept the truth you must discipline yourself to act on the truth. We don’t want to hear sometimes that we are wrong but that may be the truth. It may be difficult to accept but we must. Even harder is the assuming the position of acting on the truth. We are told that if we mess up we are to repent and if we wrong a brother we are to apologize and ask for forgiveness. To do that means to put ourselves in a vulnerable position. We run the risk of losing. That is why some can’t put themselves in the position of being disciplined. The outcome is potentially tragic. Is anything worth losing or missing out on salvation?

What we have described here in the simplest form is the steps of salvation. We learn the truth of the word. We accept the work of Christ. Then we submit ourselves to Him. Miss any of those steps and you are not in. It’s that simple.

Man_Up and be the man that God wants you to be.

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