Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
We are testing ourselves today with God's definition of truth. John 7v18 He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
When we are walking in the light of God it is for only one reason and that is to do the work of God for His sake, for His approval, and for pleasing Him and Him alone. There will be nothing false about us, as it was for Jesus, because it is Him working through us, Him talking and speaking through us, we are not out for our own purpose of being known we are out only for Him to be known. What we may say to someone is not to give us glory but to give our Father glory in who He has made us. When we reveal the truth about someone by testifying of their wrong doing by their decision being something that is evil in the sight of God, some may hate us but it is not us they hate, it is God they hate, because He has revealed to us their sin by His gift of discernment. (John 7v7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.) There are two directions people can go in when we speak the truth, but our direction is always to please the Father and let Him speak through us. First they may say, "Who are you to judge me?" They can try to hurt you in many ways, through humiliation by making you out to be the foolish one or telling you that you are trying to get recognition for yourself. This is why some of us do not go any further because we would rather please men, ourselves, and the world before we please Him the Holy Spirit guiding us and giving us all we need. They could go another direction and recognize their sin and turn to God in repentance and they can still continue on the right path God has put them on or they can start living the right path by accepting Him as their Lord and Savior. Then both of us can rejoice in who He is making both of us, giving Him all the glory and the praise, and being united in the same mind and Spirit of the Lord! This is what we want to happen because it is what God wants to happen but we are all given the choice to follow Jesus Christ. When we are made complete in Christ, He will use us for His purpose, He will always bring people to us for the use of His purpose, for both of us to grow in His image. It is always a non stop giving and receiving relationship with God and ourselves being made into His image. We have been made His pot of clay for His truth to be poured out, to give for someone else to receive. When we give we receive and when someone receives they give. We are full of faith, full of the Holy Spirit and full of His will, unconsciously walking in it, because He is leading us. Our faith is strong in mind, body and Spirit, that we are sanctified in Christ, not lacking any spiritual gift, and we know He will keep us strong until the end. (1 Corinthians 1v7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be reveled v8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.) This does not mean we will not continue to grow more in His image everyday but we have totally surrendered ourselves to Him and we know to repent, before we can accept a rebuke with out bitterness or being offensive, our pride is gone, our anger is gone for our own reasons, our jealousy is gone, and we have a desire to be taught and corrected when we are letting the Holy Spirit make us into His image. We know through the Holy Spirit that we need others to help us become all that He wants us to be building each other up not bringing us down. This may require us hearing something we do not want to here for our good about ourselves, out of love for one another. The truth does not mean we let someone continue in a false purpose or a false image of the heart. His business in other people has become our business in other people (John 7v24 Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment") Jesus Christ never held back in speaking the truth because the Holy Spirit lead Him to speak, talk and move at the right time. Christ does not want us to condemn anyone but we are suppose to make a judgment on what is right and wrong for ourselves and others for their good and ours. Are we becoming approved watchmen He can work through, are we letting Him speak the truth through us out of faith in His love for us and others? This is what He did and this is what we do who are true children of God.(Psalm 82v6 "I said, "You are "gods" you are all sons of the Most High' v7 But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler) Only through Jesus Christ can we make a right judgment and speak the truth, He is our only way of becoming true children of God and rescuing the lost. Read Psalm 82 and John 7
I love you with all the love God gives me for you!