You may be familiar with the title of this post; it is part of the statement a person makes before a court of law in the United States before they testify (although it can be modified to leave God out in certain instances/places). When we testify we are under an obligation to faithfully represent that to which we have born witness. However, there are some truths about ourselves and others, about our sin, about the nature of this world, that are very hard to accept. Jesus knows this and he discussed it with his disciples shortly before he was taken to be crucified.
“There is so much more I want to tell you but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’ ”John 16:12-15
Truth is liberating. It can also feel like a burden. Once you know the truth you are obligated to it. Once you know Jesus Christ is God you are obligated to that truth and you must testify to that fact if put to the question. And so it is with our knowledge of sin. Jesus Christ knows what is in the heart of each and every person (John 2:24). The Lord is currently working in me right now to expose those things about myself that I would rather not face. I have to face them.
It’s right to compare the truth to a weight to bear. As in resistance training we have to increase the weight of truth we bear if we are to grow. The truth brings something out of us. It’s the leaven hidden in the flour; it’s an activating agent. When I am feeling pain because of the truth of a sin I need to repent of I know that is when I have to let it do it’s work. Growth is often painful though…. How about you? Is the Lord making you face some hard truths at this time? How do you deal with the truths the Spirit shows you that you need to work on?
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