“Whatever is true….”
For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you might remember the armour of God series we did a few months back, you might even remember that I have written about truth before in the post titled “the belt of truth”. Now I don’t know what you guys think the purpose of us writing to you guys is, maybe advice to tell you how to live according to the Bible, from teens (and young adults) to teens, young adults and anyone else we reach, right? While it is true that we aim to give advice to you guys and we want to encourage you to grow, there is something you need to know: a lot of the advice that is given (I would go as far as to say all of it), comes from our own experiences and our own mistakes. This blog post in particular is about the mistakes that I have made in regards to the truth.
Truth can be a tricky subject. What is seen as the truth for one person might not be the truth for another. In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us that we should think on what is true (and a list of other things that will be covered through the rest of the month). What is true? What should our minds be dwelling on? Obviously not lies, and things that are false. I won’t be covering those things in a lot of detail, because I think that you need to decide for yourself what falsehoods and lies you are dwelling on in your thoughts.
I am going to tell you what I believe is true. I believe that the Son of God came down from heaven, humbled himself and lived on earth as a man, and died on the cross for my sins. My sins, my short comings, my weaknesses and my shame, all of that has been taken care of, all I need to do is to accept it. All of the suffering He went through for me was because He loved me. This is my truth, God loves me, no matter what. I want to share this truth with you, because I think that it is the truest thing and it is a truth that will change your life. I know that it can change your life because it has and still changes mine.
With this truth, there are some other truths you need to realise as well. I hate being weak, I despise it, yet I am weak and imperfect, I make mistakes that I should know better than to make. It is a really hard thing for me to accept that I am not strong enough to be good, but it is the truth. I cannot do this on my own. I also don’t like not being in control. I usually run circles around things that I can’t control. Which brings me to the next truth that I need to realise, I am not in control, and I will never truly be. God, however, is in full control and His plans have my best interests at heart, even if they don’t always feel that way.
The last truth, one I think that sums up the previous truths, is this: I cannot do this alone. I don’t want to be alone and in the past to keep from being alone, I have relied on people I shouldn’t have trusted in any way. Which when I got hurt made me think that I am better off alone. You would be surprised how many times I have had to learn these lessons and how painful they sometimes had to get before I realised that I should be relying on God, not other people or even myself. And yet I still try to do this on my own the first chance I get!
So the only advice that I can truly give is to learn from the truths that I have had to learn in many hard lessons and many mistakes. Dwell on these truths, don’t let any other false ideas (like you can be good through your own strength) lead you astray. If you want to know more about using the truth and other weapons to protect yourself, I would recommend reading our armour of God series again.
Ps. As an extra, take a few minutes to listen to the song “Voice of Truth” by the Casting Crowns. It has served as an encouragement to me when I forget what the truth is.