Devotions

How to Know Truth

John 8:31-32 (NIV):  “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Truth has become an issue in our society. There are now many “truths” that directly oppose each other. God exists; God doesn’t exist. There is only male and female; there are many genders. Life begins at conception; life begins after birth. Really, the foundation of our current conflicts in America are how we see and understand truth. Is it even attainable?

These verses from John 18:37-38 are telling:
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

I believe that the question of “What is truth?” has haunted mankind for millennia. Philosophers have tried to address it. Religions have tried to define it. If we are honest with ourselves, we either seek it, or ignore it.

Jesus states categorically in response to the Jews who had believed in him that His teachings are the source of truth. I therefore must conclude that in spite of all the differences of opinion, truth is attainable through following the teachings of Jesus. It is not a pursuit of “knowledge” even though this verse is found on many libraries across the world. Truth is only found in Jesus.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, even when I am faced with truths that go against Jesus and His teachings, may I embrace the unpopular biblical truths in order to be salt and light to my world. May I graciously follow you and speak truth, even when faced with persecution. May I love, even when I am not loved.

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