The truth shall make you free

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”’ – John 8:31-32

These last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about truth.

In our society, it’s become fashionable to say there’s no such thing as truth. Everything is relative and individuals must be free to decide upon their own system of values and beliefs.

This goes for matters of faith and spirituality, personal relationships, gender, sexuality and many other areas.

Looking again at the biblical definition of truth, I realize how much we have distorted the meaning of this word. Today, the idea that there is only one right way, one absolute version of truth brings to mind images of legalism, dogmatic belief, narrow-mindedness. Society teaches us that there is freedom in relativism, breaking off the shackles of pious morality and embracing a world of endless possibilities.

In fact, the opposite is true.

Anyone who has ever experienced the sort of confusion in which they don’t know what’s true, or whether their version of reality is the same as everyone else’s will know that it’s an immeasurable comfort having some absolute truths to hold on to.

When everything else breaks down, including our belief in our own reason and logic, the Word of God and the truth of the Gospel truly are ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalm 119:105). Thank God we have a ‘rock that is higher than I’ (Psalm 61:2).

The truth of the Gospel and the truths about how to live our lives that are revealed in the Word of God really do set us free. They give us the foundations on which we can build. They give us clarity and direction in the chaos and confusion around us.

Jesus described the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth” (John 16:13). As we enter into the new year, it would be wise for all of us to seek a closer walk with the Holy Spirit and allow Him “to guide us into all truth” as Jesus promised He would.

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