“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Most people think of truth, especially God’s truth, as being restrictive. After all, the Bible tells us that living a life based on God’s truth means following a narrow path. However, I have found just the opposite to be true.
I think truth’s purpose in our lives is the same as the banks of a river. Our emotions often drive the actions of our life like the current moves and directs a river’s path. We are compelled to move or not to move one way or the other based on our feelings. There can be a perceived freedom in this, but at the same time, we are also warned not to be “carried away by our emotions”. Why? Emotions are not consistent. They change based on a variety of factors related to our ever fluctuating situations. If we are letting our emotions direct our path, we will be winding and rewinding our way through life, based on what feels good instead of what is good.
Truth creates boundaries that allow our emotions to still flow, but within limits that benefit both us and everyone else around us. A river flowing within its banks provides so many good things: water readily accessible for giving life to all living creatures, a safe environment for fish and other aquatic plants and animals, and joy for us through the recreational activities we can participate in- floating on a river has brought me many moments of peace. However, that same river overflowing its banks brings what? Death and destruction!
Today, be aware of truth’s boundaries and let it be the guide for your emotional river. When your feelings begin to swell, let the Word of God and the Holy Spirit shore up your banks through exhibiting self control so that your words and actions are not unleashed as a harmful torrent, leaving hurt and disappointment in your wake.