The Dangers of Running From the Truth

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Not everything we believe is true. Not everything we perceive is true. Sometimes our view is distorted. None of us can see ourselves fully and accurately. Sometimes there are people sent into our lives to help shed light on areas we don’t clearly see. Unfortunately, many times people run from the truth. Refusing to believe the truth doesn’t make it untrue. And then there is “delusion”.

Delusion is defined as…

“an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder.”

Usually when people run from (or reject) the truth it is because they don’t want to accept the truth. We often reject the truth because it doesn’t fit into our desired reality. For example, a woman meets a man she really likes, who is no good to her or for her. Her “good” friends tell her the truth. She, unfortunately,  refuses to hear them because she really likes him. Her “like” for him distorts her view. She ends up refusing to accept the truth, even though she sees clear warning signs. Of course, there are countless other examples (i.e. financial, physical, spiritual).

Running from the Truth has at least 6 Unique Consequences…

  1. Ignorance
  2. Indifference
  3. Arrogance
  4. Hardness
  5. Delusion
  6. Failure

Ignorance. When you run from the truth, you ultimately end up Ignorant. The less you really want to know, the less you’ll really get to know. This is not a good position to be in.

Indifference. Running from the truth can cause you to get to a place of Indifference. In this place, you end up “not really caring.” When you stop caring, you start losing.

Arrogance. When you run from the truth, it often ends up inflating your ego. You end up having a sense of pride and arrogance. You get to the place where no one can tell you anything.

Hardness. When you refuse to hear the truth, you heart ends up hardening. The more you refuse the truth, the harder your heart becomes. Ultimately, your hard heart “prevents” truth from entering into your life.

Delusion. As mentioned earlier, delusion is when you reject the truth, despite evidence that contradicts your flawed perspective. This can be a symptom of mental disorder. This is a very good reason NOT to run from the truth.

Failure. When you run from the truth, you often end up failing miserably.

SOLUTION

The Bible says, in John 3:20-21,

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 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. 

Jesus said, in John 8:32…

“…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What should you do?

  • Seek the Truth
  • Embrace the Truth
  • Respond to the Truth
  • Celebrate the Truth

Stop Running from the Truth…and Be Blessed!

Bishop

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