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To Know the Truth

Let's not take the easy course when it comes to truth.

If anyone desires to know the truth,/he should correctly know what hides it, what reveals it./Truth hides itself from everyone who despises it;/it reveals itself to everyone who fulfills it.

  - Colman mac Beognai, Aipgitir Chrabaid (Irish, 7th century)

"...and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

  - John 8.32

Who would admit that he "despises" truth? I suppose some folks would say they aren't sure about truth, what it is or where to find it. Others might say that truth is what you make it, but I doubt they'd say they despise truth.

Of course, the devil despises truth. He is the father of lies, and where someone prefers lies to the truth, there I suppose we could say would be someone who despises truth.

But don't we despise the truth when we neglect it? When we fail to consult it? Or refuse to live it out in our lives?

If we don't make time for truth - to read and study it, to let it sink into our souls - then we're making ourselves open to lies, at least to some degree. And if we're open to lies, and dwelling in them - if only because we neglect the truth - then perhaps it would not be a stretch to say we despise truth.

If we despise truth of course it won't be known to us. But if we fulfill it, truth flourishes in and through us. We fulfill truth by learning it, living it out faithfully, and being transformed increasingly into the image of Him Who is the truth (Jn. 14.6; 2 Cor. 3.18).

Fulfilling the truth is hard work. Despising truth is not. Despising truth comes easily to us. All we have to do is, well, nothing.

But fulfilling the truth takes time, demands attention, requires thought and prayer and a good deal of concentration and hard work. But the more we strive to fulfill truth, the more we are set free from lies to know the truth and bring forth its fruit in our lives.

Let's not take the easy course when it comes to truth. Learning and fulfilling the truth is the difficult way, but it's the path that leads to greater fullness of life and faithfulness in the Lord.

As you begin your day, is it evident that you are fulfilling the truth? Or would you have to say, if only by your neglect of it, that you're getting off on the wrong foot when it comes to the path of truth?

Seek the truth, and fulfill it by looking to Jesus and listening to His Word. The truth of Jesus will set you free for fruitful, joyful, hope-filled living.

T. M. Moore, Principal

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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