How important is truth?

Many times people who are doing what God has said to not do would prefer you to ‘live and let live’, or ‘accept’ them (really meaning embrace their sin), rather than hear the truth about who God is, what God has done, what God wants from us and for us. So this begs the question, “how important is truth?”. 

Without truth, people would never tell you your breath stinks. Without truth, you would never be able to trust someone. Without truth, we would never be able to accurately measure the dimensions of something, like a house or car seat. Without truth, you would never learn how to do things in the way your loved one prefers. Without truth, you would never know God. 

God created everything. Because of this, He is the one who gets to set the rules for the universe. He is the one who gets to decide what is truth. Truth is not our emotions. Truth is not our desires. Truth are facts.

The facts are, God has told us what He expects from us. God has told us what He wants from us.

God also talked about truth.

1 Kings 17:24

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”

The person who speaks truth from his heart gets to live with God.

Psalm 15

 1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, 4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, 5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

Psalm 145:18

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Proverbs 12:22

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

Jesus called people who were not seeking truth, but were selfish, names. But Jesus also showed compassion and love to those who sought Him out. These are facts. But another truth is that Jesus said to sin no more. Jesus said to call people on sin. Paul, Jude, Peter, John all spoke to the need for truth and/or defending the truth.

Luke 17:3

So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.

Ephesians 5:11

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

2 Tim 4:2-4

2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

1 Corinthians 5:11

But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

2 Peter 2:1-2

1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 

Jude 1:3-4

3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

1 John 3:18

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Not only that, but listen to what Jesus Christ had to say about truth:

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We must embrace truth, not sin. We must embrace God. We do this by learning through the Bible who He is, what He has done, what He wants from us and for us. Without truth, we would not be able to know God. Without truth, we would not be able to be with God. 

Truth is of the utmost importance.

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