"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32).
I know . . . I've experienced this truth--that the truth sets us free--several times.
As a kid, lying was probably the sin I struggled with most. I didn't lie straight out, I stretched the truth or made up my own "stretched facts." I blurred the lines between reality and my imagination. But, still it was lying. I distinctly remember one day--maybe in third or fourth grade--sitting in the cafeteria and telling one of my stretched stories. I remember being so convicted. I realized that I couldn't keep all the details of all my stretched stories straight. It was liberating to discover that if I told the truth and only the truth, I didn't have to worry about keeping anything straight.
In college, I sinned and then was convicted by the Holy Spirit; I struggled for an entire summer with the guilt of not confessing it. The moment I went to the person I had sinned against and confessed, the moment I told her the truth, I was able to breathe freely again.
A few years ago, I suffered from depression. Part of it was hormonal, and while hormonally imbalanced, it was easy for me to believe "warpy thoughts." So, part of getting out of the deep dark pit of depression was washing away the lies I had been believing with Scripture. I remember one of my friends telling me: "no wonder your depressed, anyone who believes that would be depressed." Her speaking truth to me and encouraging me to feed on Scripture again, helped set me free from the chains of depression.
Satan is the father of lies, and shoots flaming darts at us. "He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). He loves to keep us bound and imprisoned.
Oh, but our Heavenly Father delights in truth in his inward being (Psalm 51:6). And it is Him who sets us free. His truth sets us free. What a glorious thing to delight in!
Truth . . what a very beautiful thing indeed!
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