Sometimes there is just as much power in what is not said as what is said. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” What Jesus didn’t say is that truth may be tough, make you angry, scare you, and hurt, but he did say it will lead to ultimate freedom and healing.
Truth is a journey we have the choice to go on. This journey is rough, dangerous, and risky; it is not for the faint of heart. Truth is being honest with your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It may expose hidden parts that have been buried for days, years, or even decades. It is the choice to be authentic to who you are and allow yourself to be truly seen by the world around you.
Living your life in truth means opening up the mini-blinds in your dark room to discover the brilliant light on the other side. It may initially be painful to the eyes, but once they are adjusted, you will see the truth of freedom. What once made you feel in the dark, closed in, and alone, will be exposed to the reality of the light. The walls you have built around yourself may bring the illusion of safety and protection, but have hindered you from experiencing the light and it’s healing powers.
Once the blinds of vulnerability and authenticity are open, you may see things in yourself and others; things that may be scary to confront, hurtful, and difficult. But, denying yourself access to the light of the truth, is to deny yourself the pleasure of feeling deeply and living.
Be encouraged today, as you open up to the light of truth, it will bring healing to yourself and others. Your willingness to be vulnerable and authentic will allow others the hope they need to come into the freedom of truth.