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Rejoicing with the truth

1 Cor. 13:6

Why is ‘telling the truth’ stressed so strongly among believers?

Telling the truth is without question a crucial biblical principle. Many of the problems of modern society are the result of careless handling of truth. Being able to trust the reliability of family members, friends, and work associates is vital to healthy relationships. God expects the word of His children to be truthful in all ways.

Pilate asked the question two thousand years ago, ‘What is truth?’ Some ask such a question ironically, seeking to prove there is no absolute standard of truth. Personal integrity demands that we look for a serious answer to this question. Is truth a specific fact that can be proved? Is truth anything that works, or solves a problem? Is truth something different for every person?

Meaning of truth

Truth is not relative. It does not vary from person to person or from situation to situation. As believers, we must search for the truth that is universal, stand up for it even when the present-day culture rejects it. We are to defend truth ‘in love’ (Eph 4:15). With many voices in the world claiming to have discovered the truth, many are deceived by false teaching. The only truth that can be trusted is the truth stated by the Creator and recorded for us in the Bible.

Bible truth is both personal and practical. It calls on us to live the truth as well as to speak it. Bible truth is moral as well as factual. All around us is deception and falsehood. Hypocrisy presents an outward appearance of truth and honesty but masks hidden misuse of the truth. It is hypocrisy to play concern for the wellbeing of others when the show is to gain praise and human recognition. It is hypocrisy to pretend devotion to God and righteousness when egocentric acts and evil habits rule the heart.

Honesty

Honesty is a matter of truth and truthful behaviour. Honesty speaks truth even when it is not to the advantage of the speaker. Breaking a promise strips one of a reputation for honesty and truthfulness. Intellectual honesty is openness to all truth even to that which may contradict deeply held personal opinions. Sincerity is honesty in expressing oneself; the Lord Jesus described Nathanael as ‘an Israelite, in whom there is nothing false’ (John 1:47). A person can be truthful in a superficial way without being an honest person. The truly honest person ‘rejoices with the truth’ (1 Cor. 13:6) and is angered by dishonesty.

Warning

Fraud sounds like a dishonesty that would be found only in the world, but if the Apostle Paul had to admonish believers to avoid sin in his day, we must be doubly careful to do what is honest in our dealings with fellow believers. ‘The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated [or defrauded]? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.’ (1 Cor. 6: 7 - 8)

Believers are called to model, both in word and in practice, truth that reflects the very character of God who is holy!

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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