Faithful and True

from Lynda Lindsey

It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. III John 3-4

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—-even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  I John 5:20

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11

In the game Two Truths and a Lie, players tell two truths and one lie about themselves; participants then try to guess which statements are true and which one is a lie. This get-to-know-you icebreaker is a way to jump start conversation, but it is not a worthy lifestyle for God followers. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus, the Faithful and True, and the Spirit of truth, our Helper, give us understanding of the true Father, enabling and empowering us to live according to God’s standards. We who belong to Christ demonstrate the authenticity of our faith when our actions are consistent with His truth.

To faithfully adhere to and walk in the truth shows our faith to be genuine, without hypocrisy or pretense. III John contrasts two men, Diotrephes, who loved to be first, a malicious gossiper working against truth, and Demetrius, a man who loved truth and whose humility rightly reflected God’s truth and character. Diotrephes’ arrogance and aggrandizement bear witness to his insincerity, deceit and hypocrisy; Demetrius’ love of truth bears witness to the genuineness of his faith. To know God, to remain faithful to God, is possible by discerning what is true and living by that truth, while ferreting out and exposing lies and deception. John, as any parent would, had great joy to find his spiritual children faithfully following God’s truth. 

In our world of deceit and deception, half-lies and white lies, we should stand out as truth tellers. Speak truth to one another in love and grow up in all aspects into Christ. Speak truth, for we are members of one another, each belonging to the other. Discern truth, let truth guide our judgment and our actions, and reject lies and falsehood. Our enemy, the father of lies, is a great deceiver and no truth is in him; he twists truth and leaves confusion in his wake, but he has been overcome! Use diplomacy, be tactful, but speak and practice truth. It will be noticed.