Truth shine

When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (Gospel of John, Chapter 8, Verse 44, New International Version)

If you are in a life and death struggle with the forces of darkness, write the truth. The truth is light. Like cockroaches, Satan and his legions thrive in darkness, not in light. So, yes, do speak the truth, but make sure and write it as well. How do you write the truth? You write the truth of what you believe, think, and see as relevant to the battle. But write it in love.

How do you right the truth in love? If you must condemn, condemn the act but not the person. This will allow you to fight against what you believe is evil and at the same time avoid traps of judgement and arrogance that can be sprung when one attacks a person as Jesus warned.

 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7, Verses 1-5, New International Version)

After all, if one’s goal is to get rid of evil people, one must start with oneself. On the other hand one can and must always struggle against evil, one’s own as well as the evil that one encounters. Paul tells us clearly what the war is about.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

So write the truth in love and in battle and let your truth shine in this dark world. We owe the scriptures to brave people who wrote the truth of God into a world of lies. Let us be brave and diligent in our task as well.


By A. Allen Rowe

Asad Abu Antun

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