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Who is telling the truth about you?
“And Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth….” John 5:19
Truth is not a matter of what someone tells you, a gossip passes onto you nor a stream on some internet page another posts about you. Truth is always what God says about you; what He reveals concerning you and what He is doing in and through you. God’s truth does not accuse unjustly, showcase publically nor is it ever used to harm one of His children. God’s truth simply stands as evidence of His character. When you see heaven’s truth, it will act like, seem like and sound like God the Father.
Truth is neither a tool to create trouble or a description to destroy another’s reputation. If someone is using truth to tattle about someone or to stir up trouble concerning another person, know that they are not acting truthfully. God’s truth is not a banner to beat someone down with. It is a lever to lift one who has fallen.
With so many competing voices all demanding to be heard, each seductively appealing to your heart, you must be very careful in receiving words which at times seem to come at you from all directions. God’s truth brings peace to a situation rather than confusion. His truth unites. God’s truth liberates. God consistently speaks truth in love. And His truth always leaves a situation better than it was rather than increasing its burden where it lies.
God does not talk to you about the sins, mistakes, misperceptions or what is making the rumor mill concerning anyone else. God deals, as a parent, with His child without needing to bring anyone else into the situation. The only exception is when church leadership is needed to work to restore someone who has fallen. So if a brother or sister comes to you about another child of God and you are not that person’s spiritual authority, run, run, run like the Gingerbread man! What they are telling you is not God-led or approved.
How can you tell if the truth is being told? Listen carefully to the motives of one’s mouth. Watch with deep consideration the long-term character of the one relating what is being purported to be truth. Discern whether you are being told something in order to bless another person or to beat on them with little mercy. The adulterous woman, caught by her religious leaders in the very act of immorality, thrust her at the feet of Jesus telling Him the actual truth about what she had done. Yet Jesus condemned not the sinner, but the supposed saints who publically told the truth about her. The actual truth about this fallen lady was not her failure, but the truth that she was much more than where her failings had taken her.
Today, the only true truth about you is what heaven is speaking about you.