The power of a truth-driven life is in its ability to really live with consistency and integrity. Without the truth, a life or any leadership crumbles.
But this is the crux of the problem, most, if not all, think that people are truly truthful in its truest sense.
So how will a person or an entity knows if they are telling the truth or lies?
Let me use Apostle John’s straightforward reasoning that could shed light on this.
1. Walk the Talk.
The truth is not measured through assertive talks but by someone’s walk. This does not mean the truth is very subjective. Instead, it still emphasizes the objective truth and that someone’s life is consistently aligned to it.
Apostle John said, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”
This is to tell us that what we assertively say as truth does not necessarily mean true to us. It does not have full weight unless we live with it.
The only reliable proof of knowing the truth is to live it. Nothing less. Nothing more.
As such, when a person claims to be a Christian but is not Christlike in attitude, it puts a question whether that person is just professing but not really in the truth.
2. Weigh What’s Within.
The fact is this: the truth is unassuming. It is self evident. It does not require anyone’s, not even the majority’s, approval to be true.
Here’s a case. “If we claim to be without sin,” Apostle John says, “we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
When a person claims to be perfect, the truth is he or she is not. It is because by nature, every person has committed violations against the absolute law. That is why humans are considered sinners, someone who wronged against the laws of God.
As such, no one can claim to be sinless or perfect. The person deceives his mind by believing in a lie to be a truth.
In fact, the worst deception that could ever happen to any person is to deceive his or her own self. The person tries to believe in something to be true even if he or she knows it is a lie.
3. Work Out the Truth.
Every time I try to learn something, I always ask: Is this applicable in my life? In what ways?
You see, the truth does not have to be something a person believes. It has to be something that a person can behave in consistent practice of that truth.
For example, Apostle John reasoned out, “We know that we have come to know him [God] if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”
What a person knows is only an idea. What a person believes is simply a set of beliefs–and mostly, everyone has its own beliefs. But is it the truth?
Likewise, if a church or Iglesia claims to be in the truth of God but is riddled with corruption, it is actually a church of lies and liars, regardless of its claims of truth.
Collectively, even if the Philippines is branded to be a Christian nation, the truth is, it is not. True Christianity and corruption is like water and oil. The two are simply opposite and not on the same coin.
For this reason, Apostle John emphasizes that the truth works. “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
Friends, people do not care if a person claims to be a Christian if in fact that person is not. It’s like claiming to be a Filipino or an American but does not live in obedience to its governing laws of the Philippines or US of A.
If anyone claims to be a citizen of heaven, but does not obey its kingdom laws of truth, love, and grace, it shall be known in one’s lifestyle.
Since Jesus claims to be “the truth” (not just a truth), it is a must that “its truth is seen in him [Jesus] and in you.”
If all these case, if you want to find hope in living in the truth and for the truth, Apostle John’s logical antidote is very simple. “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I pray that you seek Jesus as the truth, genuinely believe, and live him inside out.
What would one gain if he or she lives in a lie?
And what would you lose if you live in the truth?
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017