In a time of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” Jesus is a breath of fresh air. There’s no truthiness in Him—only truth. And He invites us to walk with Him in His Way; to be His disciples.
In other words, He wants us to trust and emulate Him in all we say and do.
He teaches: “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).
Why is this way of speaking and living such a rarity? Why are we so often tempted to tell it like it isn’t?
I think one reason we are tempted to tell it like it isn’t is our desire to impress. We want others to think well of us, and the truth about us just doesn’t seem all that impressive. So…we fudge a little.
Another reason we may tell it like it isn’t is to protect ourselves. Perhaps the thinking is, “If so-and-so knew the truth, they’d like me less;” or something to the effect of, “If the truth comes out, I’ll be hurt.”
Sometimes we play fast and loose with the truth in effort to manipulate people. We deftly tell it like it isn’t to elicit certain responses and behaviors. (We may even
deceive convince ourselves we’re
doing such things for others’ good.)
Doesn’t telling it like it isn’t sound absolutely exhausting?
Following Jesus liberates us from all this.
When we find our self-worth and identity in Him, we can finally stop our striving. We can rest from our labors to impress, protect, and manipulate.
When we live in the reality that He not only knows all about us but also loves us with God-sized love; we are then free to live without fear and pretense in our interactions with Him, ourselves, and others.
What love, joy, and peace come from walking with the Lord!
You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.