Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Daily Devotion: Jesus, Our Truth

Bible Reading: III John 

Key Verse: Verse 3 - For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.”

Key Words: walkest in the truth

In III John, we see Jesus as our Truth. Six times in the fourteen verses John shares with us the truth of Jesus.

  • In verse one, he loves in the truth.

  • In verse three, he walks in the truth

  • In verse three, he testifies of the truth.

  • In verse four, he again walks in truth.

  • We are to be fellow helpers of the truth.

  • We see a good report of the truth.

If we are to be truthful, we must live in Christ. I read the following in regard to truth, or rather the absence of truth.

The book, The Day America Told the Truth, came out in 1991. In this work, research showed ninety-one percent of Americans lie routinely, while thirty-six percent confess to dark, important lies. Eighty-six percent lie regularly to parents, seventy-five percent lie to friends, seventy-three percent to siblings, sixty-nine percent to spouses, eighty-one percent lie about feelings, forty-three percent concerning income, and forty percent about sex.

Psychologist Michael Lewis of Rutgers University says there are three types of lies: (1) Lies to protect feelings, such as saying a gift is nice when you actually hate it; (2) Lies to avoid punishment; and (3) Lies of self-deception. Our behavior repulses others, but we lie to ourselves and blame the rejection on something or someone else. A woman gives herself a breast exam and notices an unusual lump but tells herself everything is fine. Lewis feels these lies of self-deception may be the most frequent lies.

That could explain why so many people reject the gospel. They’ve lied to themselves about their need for forgiveness and God’s requirement of commitment to Christ. In this age of obsessive lying, remember who is the ‘father of lies’ (John 8:44), and who promised to give the ‘truth that shall make you free’ (John 8:32). C. S. Lewis noted, ‘We often err either by ascribing too much or too little power to the father of lies.’”

The only way to keep from lying is by living in truth.

What to do:
✞ Be truthful with God.
✞ Be truthful with others.
✞ Be truthful with yourself…but base your truth on Jesus Christ.