“ Now son, simply tell me the truth. Did you take some money out of my purse?”
“No,” Mike replied.
“Then where did you get the money to buy these lollies?”
Mike’s mum patiently explained, “Listen son. What is important here is that you tell me the truth. If you honestly say that you didn’t take the money then I’ll choose to believe you and we won’t say any more about it – but – if you HAVE taken the money and are lying to me about it, you have made TWO mistakes, not just one. I won’t be able to trust you in the future if you tell lies and don’t own up to the truth of your wrong choices.”
How often have we heard conversations like this? Maybe you have said similar words to younger family members, encouraging them that telling the truth and being a truthful person builds trust in one another.
The dictionary defines truth as: “that which is in accordance with fact or reality.”
Other phrases describe truth as: “the fact of the matter; what actually really happened.”
In the bible, Jesus says in Matthew 5:37 “Let your yes be yes and your no- no.” He was explaining to us that honesty will stand us in good stead with our family, friends and in every area of life. When we are true to our words and have integrity, we can be relied upon and solid, deep relationships will be built, based on our trustworthy character.
Truth, though, is far more than a moral guide. Jesus says in John 8:32, that “ you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” He was speaking about Himself!
He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” He also said, “Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I AM gentle and humble in heart – and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ( Matthew 6:33).
Do you want truth in your life? Get to know Jesus by reading about Him in the bible. Start in the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John- and simply ask God to help you understand who Jesus is – and He will.