The word truth is the Five Minute Friday word for this past week. I am a little late with mine, but I have not been idle.
The truth is, I couldn’t seem to find the words to write, but I did spend more time outside.
My garden needed attention, and I needed the exercise and the fresh air. While outdoors I looked for beauty and found it in many places. Truth can be found in creation. I took photos, wrote haiku and must have found words, because I went slightly over five minutes.
What is truth?
Many people are divided over that question. Thinking about truthfulness, the word honesty comes to mind. When we ask questions, we expect that the answer given us will be true.
But what happens when people see things from different vantage points? Each tells a different story, but which is true? Or are they both true but told from different perspectives.
Sometimes we jump to conclusions before we have heard the whole story or seen all the evidence.
We have been watching “Father Brown” on Netflix. It is a series loosely based on G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories.
The inspector in the series is always jumping the gun based on circumstantial evidence. But Father Brown is slow and methodical, thinking things through and asking questions.
Eventually, he uncovers the facts and always seems to confound the inspector.
That is why it is important to listen, weigh the facts and then make a decision or come to a conclusion. I know at times I came to a wrong conclusion with my kids, because I answered before actually listening to all that they wanted to say.
God has been teaching me to “hold my tongue” more, especially in the area of politics. I don’t like the way people accuse others, and even Christians can be very unkind. It seems to me the best way is to learn to listen to each other and together search for the truth.
Truth Sets You Free
In the Bible we are told that the truth will set us free. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life. He is truth personified. By the sacrifice of his life and subsequent Resurrection, he made it possible for us to have life eternal. He has set us free from the chains that would bind us and hold us down.
(John 14:5-6 NIV)
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”