- 2019 Nov 18
Tears fell from my eyes as I tried to grasp the reality that my name and my family members’ names were being spoken of in a hurtful way, our reputations and character muddied with gross untruths. How could someone I know and love say that about me? How could my family be trampled on in such a misrepresentation of who we are?! Worse, why are people believing this about us?!
I just couldn’t wrap my mind around why someone would say something so hurtful about me or my family. And then I realized whether it was factual truth or not, they were acting out of real emotion, misled or not.
As Bible believers and Jesus followers, we know we ought to avoid speaking falsely about another… but what do we do when someone speaks falsely about us? What if there is untruth being shared and it is directly about us, our reputation, our character, our heart? How do we walk with wisdom and kindness in such an offense?
By nature, I’m a justice-seeker. I long desperately for justice to be given and truth to be known. In my own prideful heart, I figure that I can just do it myself. “I’ll just tell everyone the truth. Then they’ll know the whole story and my reputation will be cleared. I’ll handle it.” But as the Lord has been teaching me: it’s not me who should be handling it. It’s not my job or business to be handling it. It’ll never be me who delivers justice.
Quietly, He’s been whispering to me, “let me be your defender.” More or less, I’ve been fighting Him on that. “No God. You’re not dealing with it quick enough. Do you SEE my reputation being smeared?! Do you HEAR the things they are saying about me? Make it stop, Lord! Show me if I’m in error but also show loudly their error in what has been said! Defend me now, please!”
This has been a process and a whispering over the last couple of years. To date, I still sit (on my hands, most days) without feeling like justice is being delivered in this particular situation. Without truth being laid out and setting me free of the bondage of lies which were spoken. I want justice. I want to be vindicated. But I must remind myself daily: His timing. His way.
What can I do in the meantime to handle these feelings? First, I can check my own heart. I can ask the Lord to make my heart clean and pure towards the person(s) speaking wrongly against me. And when my own heart is clear of bitterness, anger, hatred? Then, I can pray for them. I can pray earnestly that the Lord bless them … and truly mean it. I can speak kindly to them and about them. I can tame my tongue, show wisdom and discernment with my own words, and show them kindness and love.
Most importantly, I can put on the Armor of God every single day. Whether by sin or the enemy’s schemes, I can be ready for whatever comes in each day so that after I’ve done everything to stand, I stand.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6: 14-18
With truth, righteousness, peace, faith, the Word of God and prayer, I can stand. I can stand in His armor, let the Lord bring truth and justice about in His way, and have peace that I am standing and letting God be my Defender. I can know and experience the truth in the midst of a hurtful lie, as He is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). No longer do I have to be held captive to the sin of lies because I know the truth and the truth will set me free.
Kayla Anderson is married (for better or for worse) to the one who she knows without a doubt that God created her to be companions with. Together they have four young children, Ezekiel, Asher, Ellery, and Alder, and run a hand-crafted soap shop. She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and is in a season of learning how to gracefully be the central point and glue of their family. Thank the Lord that she has Him to look to for wisdom, guidance, and strength! She loves reading in the quiet, early morning hours, decorating their sweet little home, writing has been part of her soul since she learned how to write letters, and her love of coffee runs deeper than her coffee pot. You can find more from Kayla on her blog or Instagram.
- 2019 Nov 09
Find your truth.
Live your truth.
Truth is whatever you want it to be.
Truth is up to interpretation, culture, imagination.
There are so many uses and connotations for this word today. But if we look way back, we can see that truth is something that has been sought in every generation.
Blaise Pascal, a Catholic theologian (among other things) way back in the 1600s, famously said, “Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth, we shall never recognize it.”
In John 18, we can read about Pilate questioning Jesus about truth. Even after Jesus tells Pilate that “everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice,” Pilate asks Jesus, “What is truth?” He drops the conversation there and leaves the room.
This picture is such a good example of how we, even as believers, tend to question and respond. I often find myself asking this question or some question that essentially leads back to this search for truth, and, just like Pilate, not allowing myself time to hear God’s answer. Or, if I do leave room for him to answer me, I let my pride or insecurities get in the way of receiving it because it doesn’t line up with what the world tells me truth should be.
But if I’m to take God’s words literally, as I should, then receiving his truth – the truth – means I will hear his voice. This is what I should be aiming for at all times. To be fully in relationship with God, I must not only speak to Him, but hear His voice speaking to me.
Instead of looking for our own truth somewhere to fit our desires, let us look toward the One who is Truth.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32
The enemy is really good about feeding us lies through other people, negative self-talk, or disappointment. But when I allow God to fully work in my heart – to sweep away those lies and replace them with His truth – I can finally walk in freedom.
God, bind my heart to you. Give me wisdom to seek truth that is only found in you, to hear your voice, and to live in the freedom you give.
Sarah Moreau is a twenty-something who loves hiking, camping, reading, and going on adventures with friends. She works at a homeless shelter for women and children where she teaches, helps women obtain GEDs, guides them in pursuing education or careers, and walks with them through the difficult path of recovery from addiction and life struggles. Sarah has been writing since she was a kid – both for her own enjoyment and for others to read. On her days off, you can find Sarah reading, spending time with her 2-year-old nephew or close friends, hiking, or coming up with a new recipe in the kitchen. You can read more of her work at Problems 31 Women.
- 2019 Oct 27
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.John 3:21 NIV
Truth shines a brilliant Light
All that is within revealing
Secrets hidden morph to lie
But succumb to God’s healing
All that is within revealing
Hurt and anger deep reside
But succumb to God’s healing
When Jesus nears to abide
Hurt and anger deep reside
And lies believed appear fact
Til Jesus nears to abide
Makes with us a holy pact
When lies believed appear fact
Only the Gospel will dispel
God offers us a holy pact
To forever with us dwell
Only Gospel truth dispels
Secrets hidden once as lie
God forever with us dwells
Truth shines His brilliant Light
Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.