The truth hurts. Many of us like to know it, but even more of us don’t want to hear it. Why is that? Why is it the one thing that we can hold on to as a solid foundation, however it’s defined, is the hardest thing to want to listen to when it’s pointed directly at you? The classic scene from the movie A Few Good Men, really just set this feeling in motion for me today.
When Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise are drilling each other in the courtroom Tom Cruise being be aggressive attorney, and Jack Nicholson being the one on the stand getting the finger pointed at. Nicholson looks very intently at Tom Cruise and yells the famous words, “you can’t handle the truth!” Cruise wanted the truth desperately, to be able to validate his point. And Nicholson did not believe that Cruise could handle the depth of that truth.
When the Bible was detected, and written so many years ago, it became the standard bearer for what many believe is the truth. Since then, when the truth gets too tough to handle, it seems many of us humans like to try to redefine what truth really is. In this it makes it easier for us to be able to handle or redefine, our personal truth. Why are we so afraid? Why have we varied the truth for so long? Its pretty simple if you think about it.
2 Thessalonians 2:10 NLT
He(Satan) will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
1 John 4:6 NLT
But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Does this mean that if you don’t know Jesus that you don’t know truth? Well again let’s just say that it all depends on how you define what truth really is. I believe that the truth began and ends with God and Jesus Christ. The only way you will know what real truth is, is by reading what He’s given us to learn that truth within the Bible.
Recently Amber and I went through a moment of brokenness when a couple we had grown to love and consider good friends betrayed us over the truth. One thing I’ve always felt about friendships….REAL friendships is that honesty should be lovingly brutal with someone who is a good/best friend. They will meet you where you are and help you go to where you’ve never been. And they will love you with a real love as close to the love of Christ as they possibly can. We truly were beginning to feel that way about this couple.
How you might ask did they betray us over the truth? Think about it this way, when was the last time you opened up your heart and soul to someone and they actually accepted every bit of it? Would you consider it your truth? You see, I considered the husband to be an accountability partner in my walk with Jesus. That’s something I feel we all could use, and desperately need with as many temptations and struggles of this world presents. Unfortunately, my truth of life, did not settle well with his personal convictions. As many of you who read this blog know, there are many of my blogs where I become brutally honest about my walk. It is no surprise that I have had my share of struggles. It is no surprise that I’ve had my fair share, and still occasionally do, temptations of the mind and heart. I opened up and shared this with the husband, who again told me not only that he loved me, but that he was here for me through anything. As the above scripture tells us, a brother is born for adversity, apparently this “brother” was stuck in his womb.
Please forgive my bitter tone for my heart is still healing. We are to be like Jesus Christ….in His words, in His heart-likeness, and in His actions. That is the TRUTH! In striving to do this, sin is eminent and failing is our human condition. It is in those failures that we draw the closest to Jesus IF we allow Him to draw near to us. Failure brings pain, shame and a sense of unworthiness to a Savior. It is when we are broken enough to Him and broken enough to those around us that we love and love us that we share in this growth and grace with others.
I have never been a sugar coater as I’ve gotten older and have experienced more failures. Real, deep, penitrating, forgiveness and change comes from real, deep, penitrating REPENTENCE. Some people cannot handle that deep of realism that the grace affected heart has. In this case for us, we experienced that. They ran and unfriended us from a distance, and not from an intimate encounter of grace. They couldn’t handle the truth….
Isaiah 43:19 NLT
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
God has always been in the business of making things new. He loves to fix what’s broken. We, as His children broken in sin, need to be constantly fixed! Jesus Christ is our SAVIOR because He is the infinity-solution to all that we will ever do before the Father. The past stays there, the present is a work on constant progress, and the future is already His to be however He wishes! But then comes this thing called FREE-WILL….
We think we know best….we attempt to change the standard. We CHOOSE to mute our ears and only accept what we want, not what God wants. We struggle to handle the truth. We say we’ll pray and then we don’t or even worse, half hearted pray making a mockery of the intimacy we have with God! We say we’ll read God’s word and we only choose Scriptures that fit our emotional agenda. We say we’ll be an accountability partner to someone in need and freak out when the accountability gets too personal or real. In all of this I am confessing to you that I am guilty of. I have/had made light of these things….these expressions of simple obedience. Yet I am also here to testify that I AM striving to be more for Jesus Christ in these areas.
We need to quit sugar coating our struggles, our failures and our needs to others IN THE SAME SINKING BOAT OF SIN!! Each time we chose to hide our rawness of our hearts to Jesus and our real friends, we are stealing away the glory of God in His redemptive actions! He is always working! He is always changing us! He is always saving us from ourselves and our free will of selfishness!
Won’t you let Him in?
Won’t you cry out for help?
Won’t you quit trying to change Jesus and try changing yourself with Him?
You can handle the truth and ALL that surrounds it good and bad….
You can handle the truth that you aren’t always right or always perfect.
You can handle the truth that you’re hurting and in need of grace.
You can handle the real, loving, sacrificing, never changing, King of Kings and Prince of Peace.
You can’t handle though….living the lie.
You can’t handle a lukewarm obedience.
You can’t handle a passive forgiveness.
You can’t live in eternity without the TRUTH and boldness of Jesus Christ.
You want the truth….so go get it!
You shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall set you FREE.” -John 8:32