Truth Is a Person

Truth Is a Person

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

How important is the truth?

In the pressure cooker business lives we lead, shortcuts and ‘white lies’ are often deemed expedient, or at least understandable.

So how important is the truth really? Jesus described Himself as the truth—the physical manifestation of truth, the ultimate in all truth. That is how we should value the truth.

We are called to a different standard where we will honor the truth in deed and in the person of Jesus.

When we speak the truth, we honor God. He is the personification of all truth.

Quick Prayer: You are the Truth, Jesus. Amen

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Own Up

Own Up

“Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done.” (Joshua 7:20)

Guilt is a terrible burden.

Fear of consequences can be all consuming.

There is something cleansing, right, and proper about owning up and facing the consequences of receiving forgiveness.

God will always forgive even when we can’t forgive ourselves. His forgiveness knows no bounds.

There is nothing you have done, are doing, or will do that is beyond the forgiveness of God. He has already provided for all the forgiveness you will need.

While men may not forgive, God will always, always forgive.

Put your confidence in Him, and let Him deal with the consequences.

Your conscience will be clean, and God will deal with what happens. You may well pay a human price, but your heart will be free.

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Respect

“All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.” (1 Tim 6:1)

We are called to respect and serve those in authority; I think we are all aware of that responsibility that is inherent in our roles. However, we usually associate the eventual fruit of more authority, promotion, and blessing as the reason why we are asked to act in this way.

While these outcomes often accompany such an approach to work, they are not the primary reason. The key reason is reputation, and not only ours but also God’s.

If our witness and words are to be taken seriously, we need to demonstrate a changed life full of reverence and purity and a willingness to serve. These traits are in contrast to the prevailing behaviors of our day. We do not want to bring our witness, words, or God into disrepute.

Quick Prayer: I will honor those in authority over me, Lord. Amen.

Protect It.

“The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.” (Pro 27:18)

When we are given responsibility at work we need to receive it with a sense of responsibility. If we treat it well as if it were our own it will bear fruit.

When we protect the areas we are given with integrity and excellence, they will prosper. The byproduct of this is that we will actually be blessed by what we protect. He who guards the tree will eat of its fruit.

Plus, as we operate in a spirit of protection we will be given more responsibility because we will be deemed trustworthy by God and man.

Quick Prayer: Give me a spirit of preservation and protection. Amen.

What Shows the Love of God?

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 Joh 3:17)

How is the love of God demonstrated in us? What is the way in which our faith is demonstrated and evidenced? This powerful Scripture speaks to the reaction we have to those in need around us.

I had this verse printed on my checks. Back in the day before the proliferation electronic commerce, I used to write a lot of checks. It made me think about my priorities every time I wrote one out.

There are practical physical needs we can meet every day. Will we walk on by and have no pity, or will the love of God in us compel us to act?

Quick Prayer: Show me a physical need I can meet today please, Lord. Amen.