John 8:32: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
In order to understand how truth sets us free, we must first look at how not knowing the truth keeps us bound.
What people perceive to be the truth is truth to them. Whether or not it’s really truth has nothing to do with what they believe. Their perception—about themselves, others, any situation—is truth to them. For example, when a woman looks in the mirror and tells herself, “You’re fat, you’re disgusting, no one can love you if you look like this,” that is truth to her, even if she weighs one hundred pounds and is five feet, six inches. Because she believes what she says, it is truth to her.
Another example is the person who tells themselves that God doesn’t love him or her. “I know He loves others, but not me. I’ve done too many bad things for Him to love me.” Until the real truth is revealed to this person, and they come to know and believe that God truly does love them, he or she will believe that He doesn’t love them and that will be his or her truth.
Where do we find the truth? The same place we find all of the answers to our questions and challenges. We find truth in the Bible. As we search the Scriptures, God reveals the truth to the answers we seek. When we pray and listen to God, He will speak to us, providing us with the answers we need. And as we sit in His presence, He will pour out His love into our hearts and lives, showing us how much He adores us.
God will also reveal Himself and His truth in the sacrament of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We “celebrate the Eucharist” or as some denominations call it “communion.” Whatever your denomination calls it, it is a time of remembrance and reflection, and listening to God as He may speak to you during this time.
My prayer for you during this Advent Season is that “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!”
Father God, I ask in the name of Jesus that You reveal the truth to each one who is searching today. Whether they are searching for truth about themselves, others or a situation they find themselves in, I pray that You will reveal the truth to them, giving them Your wisdom and guidance. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.
(c) 2018 Edwina E. Cowgill