For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 John 1:3-4)
Walking In Truth
Lives that are filled with the truth of God’s grace share an experience unknown to the world. Truth sets the spirit free from the shackles of sin and its consequences. A life that is centered in Jesus Christ exhibits a kindness toward all, forgiving wrongs, and sharing the blessings of life with others. The peace of God rules the heart guiding through turbulent waters of worry and despair. There is much in the world to bring sorrow but the joy of knowing the truth found in the word of God brings solace. Death is not feared. Trials are overcome with courage. Changes in life are measured by the grace of God. There is a hope found in truth that allows the eye to see a home beyond the borders of this life. Truth is an abiding presence of glory within man.
The vital part of truth is it must reside within us. Meditating on the words of God instill the eternal truths of mercy, grace, redemption, hope and promise. The Bible is the mind of God revealed to man. Through this knowledge we understand who we are and what we are – eternal creatures. Truth living within us answers the identity questions we have of ourselves. Made in the image of God we learn to serve a higher cause. Walking in the world is made possible because we walk in the truth of God. What is resident within us measures our steps in the world. The apostle John shows a habitual pattern of life where truth is at the center. If the truth is in us we will walk in truth.
Walking in truth is a daily exercise. Expressing the character of holiness our demeanor is molded by the word of God. Our speech is seasoned with salt. Those who know us will acknowledge that we are known as people of honesty, integrity and purity because of the manner of our words. The life of the Christian is seen to be of truth because of the way we dress. Our appeal is not like the world but through modesty we adorn ourselves with clothing that honors God. Employers will take notice of our lives because we walk in truth. The character of Jesus Christ is our motivation for how we work. Habits of the child of God are established by holy conduct. Truth guides our decisions in every part of life because we walk in the truth.
A life walking in truth is a life of joy. This emotion is found by the individual who has filled his mind with the joy of Jesus Christ. Further, joy is found in fellow Christians who are encouraged by the walk of faith from others. There can be no greater joy when men walk together in truth as they walk together in the footsteps of Him who is Truth. Walk in the steps of truth today.
One must read the Bible continually to prevent the image of truth being obscured in us. (Julian Green, Journal, 1961)