The truth is so difficult to come by. You can’t trust most of the news because they are reporting what is most advantageous to them. They think about what will get the most ratings and can turn something with a hint of factual data into a huge fabrication. And it is not just the news, either. We tend to do that too. We embellish stories to make them more interesting. We put an extra spin on something so people want to hear. We post things on Facebook that haven’t been fact checked nor is there any truth to them. I am always amazed at the things that are shared that were created years ago and people post as something that happened yesterday. It is all about stirring up controversy or proving a point without real facts.
In a world filled with lies, rumors, embellishments and gossip, how do we ever find out the truth? The sad thing is most won’t even try. The truth isn’t something all want to hear. It may not support the cause. It may cause people to rethink what they hold so dear. It may cause people to reconsider long held beliefs that actually are not true. And most really don’t want to do that. It is scary and why sign up for such? As Jack Nicholson said so famously in A Few Good Men – “You can’t handle the truth!”
Today, I want to offer a word of truth. It is a truth most don’t understand and that is okay. Not everyone believes this truth, which seems pretty in line with the truth. Not all want to hear this truth. But it is what it is – YOU ARE LOVED. It seems so simple but if most of us really believed this, we would be different people. We would carry our head high knowing just how much we are loved. We would treat others with kindness and love because we are loved so much. We wouldn’t have to belittle or berate others because we are loved. How do I know you are loved? Because that’s what the entire Bible is about – what creation is about – what life is about – YOU ARE LOVED. Can you handle this truth?
1 John 4:7-12
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
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