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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free' (John 8:32).

From an early age we were told to tell the truth. Hopefully our parents instilled this in us. We were told that truth telling had its own special set of intrinsic rewards. As Christians, being truthful people ought to be as natural to us as breathing, and the closer we get to the Lord, the more truthful we want to be. I think that on this computer there in something called "spell check" It supposed to keep us from making spelling errors as we write. God's Word, the Bible, is our own special spell check of life. Through it we find the truths necessary for successful living. There are some vital relationships that we ought to have to the truth. I would like to share several of them with you today.

Today's verse tells us that we ought to "know it." If we want to be truly free, we ought to know the truth. He goes on to say, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (V 36). It is so vital for us to spend time in Bible study as much as we are able. When we hold to Jesus' teachings we are really His disciples. In Paul's last letter to Timothy he gives him a lot of advice. Timothy had spent much time with Paul and before that had been taught by his mother and grandmother. Paul left him to help with the church at Ephesus and its welfare, and in order to do this, Timothy had to be in the truth. He was told to; "guard the gospel" (1:14), "to preserve it" (3:14), "keep on preaching it" (4:2), and "correctly handle it" (2:15). It was good advice for Timothy in regard to the truth and it is good advice for us.

We are to love the truth...The Psalmist says it this way; "Oh, How I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all of my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes" (Psa. 119: 97-99). Within the marriage relationship there must be love. Parents must love their children. We must love the Lord with all of our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves. For churches to be what they ought to be, there needs to be love among the brethren. It is the glue that keeps it all together. For us to REALLY want God's Word as a vital part of our lives, we need to love it. If we do, then all the wonders of its truths will flow into us and make us the people that God wants us to be. More about our vital relationship to the truth in tomorrow's devotional....

Have a great day....Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4;11

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