Truth: When we tell lies we have to remember what we said, who we said it to, and who might have overheard it. When we tell the truth we just have to remember what really happened.
I was visiting my Dad’s church this past weekend and in their Sunday School they were studying the book of Acts. They were near the end of Acts where Paul goes back to Jerusalem. He is put on trial for preaching of Jesus the Messiah. Five different trials he must go through. Five different times he explained his actions. He explained his conversion to Christianity. He explained his heart for God and his desire to bring people into saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He told the truth. He wasn’t deceptive or sneaky. He spoke out even though it offended the Jewish community. What really struck me about these chapters in Acts was the fact that all he did was tell the truth. The truth didn’t change. His reasons didn’t change. His opinion didn’t change. The truth didn’t change.
How much easier is it to just tell the truth rather than live in a web of lies? Lying takes work….and a really good memory.
Even the truth can be used against us sometimes. But, Paul stood firm in the Truth.
Paul didn’t tell different crowds different things. He spoke the Truth every time to every one every chance he got. He didn’t fabricate or sugar coat. He didn’t mess around. He got right to the Truth each time.
Paul lived in truth. He did what God asked him to do. He was bold and loud. He talked the talk and walked the walk. He was not ashamed of the Gospel. He was brave and outspoken. He wanted the lost to find God through Jesus Christ.
We need to follow Paul’s example. We need to live fearlessly proclaiming the love of God through Jesus Christ. We need to live in Truth.
“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5