“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” A famous line from the movie A Few Good Men, yelled at Tom Cruise by the one and only Jack Nicholson. Jack’s character thought his actions, which wound up killing a man, were right, because of the location of where they were serving in the military. He thought his truth was real.
In my early elementary days, a school bully forced me to do something that was wrong, very wrong. I didn’t tell anyone because I was bound by fear of getting beat up if I did. I think the bully lived in fear of being exposed. I found it odd when that same bully came up to me at our 10 year high school reunion and apologized. I think his admission of guilt, once and for all, set him free. All those years he may have justified his actions in a number of ways thinking it was truth, but it wasn’t.
I have witnessed firsthand, the damage that can be caused when someone’s truth is their reality, when in reality their truth isn’t the truth at all. Some may be afraid to face, or own up to the truth. Those individuals may be afraid of what the truth coming out will do to them, or to their reputation. I can’t help but think of big time movie producer who recently was found guilty of wrong doing. Now that people have learned the truth his life will never be the same. Fear can bind you up, but the truth can set you free. John 8:32
Will you accept the truth, or forever dare to believe a lie?
There have been so many times people around me have chosen to believe lies told about me. Those situations always seem to hurt the worse. What really hurts is when those same individuals haven’t even asked me for my side of the story. The only comfort I can grab a hold of is this; the truth always comes out. If not here, while on earth, then one day, as we all stand before God, the truth will finally be told.
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