“The Truth Will Set You Free”

I’ve heard and read this line “The Truth will set you free” many times before. Truth is the actual state or reason for things. By definition, it demands exclusivity. It is what it is. In this time and age of the Internet, the truth seems to be coming from all sorts of people’s definition and justifications. 
 
And yes, this is being cried out by people from LGBT community as well. It goes something like this: “Be Bold. Be Proud. Come Out”. How many times have we seen in TV shows where hosts say to their viewers: “Nagpapakatotoo lang ako“. As I think about it, it’s not being truthful, it’s embracing the lies a person accepted as the truth.
 
“Then you will know the truth,…..”  – John 8:32 NIV
 
If you read the preceding text, Jesus tells us, that in John 8:32, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.'”  This is why Jesus compels us to know him and have relationship with him (be a disciple). Because apart from him, we can never know the truth.
 
So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. – John 8:31-32 AMP
 
This truth cuts across all aspects of our lives, our relationships, our very essence. 
 
We can be free from the falseness this world tempts us and imprisons us to be in. We can be free only when the Son has set us free. As I ponder on the Truth that Jesus is, we can guard our lives from the perils of a lie. For the truth that is He, and in Him we can be free.

Integrity

Integrity is who you are when no one is looking. 

This morning, I spoke with the new car washer boy in our office parking lot. I asked him where was the old one and what happened to him. He said that the old guy was fired due to the fact that he was misdeclaring his sale for the day and one day he was caught red handed. I felt shocked to hear that since I grew fond of this old guy in the short span of time that he was cleaning my car. 

However, as the new guy was recounting the story, one thing kept ringing at the back of my mind. Integrity. 

The old guy was stealing from his employer. And that ruined his everything for me to consider a job for him (I was thinking of offering a job to him in the future if ever I need some one to do some chores or whatever). 

Car washing doesn’t earn a person much. In fact, I can’t even imagine how these guys are able to support their families. However, this “poverty” shouldn’t be a justification for another to steal. Hardships simply exposes what a man is made of inside.

But, what made this more interesting and encouraging for me? I found out that the new guy is straight. I’m not referring to his sexual orientation though he is.. Anyway, he is a guy who holds the same values as you. I found out that he is a Christian. And that says it all. 

A Christian is all about loving, serving, worshiping the Lord. It’s about Jesus. In that brief first talk with this new guy, he has boldly preached (more than I could) Jesus. I am blessed. 

From that experience, today, Jesus reminded me that Integrity in all aspect of our life regardless of whether it is small or big. In the end, earthly treasures come to pass… And we should never compromise ourselves for earthly gains / treasures for it will never even come close to what the Lord has to offer – and that is to spend eternity with Him.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy New Year Everyone!

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ” – Philippians 3:13-14

Moving Forward to 2014 🙂