… and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.
Truth is not a nebulous concept. It is active. It has a cause and effect.
There is a fundamental relationship between us and truth.
Facing the truth is hard for many of us. We are afraid. We want to avoid. We want to pretend.
Thing is, those responses take more energy than accepting the truth. We can go the rest of our lives with unnecessary baggage by avoiding the truth when all along, God designed truth to make us free.
Free from what?
Free from being plagued with the emotional burdens that can lead to misery, anger, bitterness, or resentment.
Humans are and always will be susceptible to weaknesses. It doesn’t matter how educated or intelligent we are. We are prone to getting it wrong.
How often we don’t turn to God, the Creator, the one who made us, who knows how we operate, and has given us guidance on how to live life. The fact that we, like children, go a different way than what the parent tells us to do, says it all.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
When we know the truth, when we accept it, whether it is believing in God and the Bible, or facing the truth of something that may be very difficult, having the courage to face it and trusting that God will do what he says – will make us free.