I stumbled across an article on Psychology Today that was addressing the issue of truth as we perceive it. It caught my attention because of the title: “The Truth Will Not Set You Free”. I was immediately curious and began to browse through it, thinking I would be completely opposed to the points of view in the article.
What I found, however, was an article that supported and confirmed some of the things I know to be factual about how our brains process the world, only it was written from a completely academic standpoint.
“…Reality is filtered through perceptions and biases; and that it comes out the other side distorted but believed to be truth… It takes great effort to detach from one’s beliefs and thoughts, challenge them, reframe them, and develop new, healthier beliefs.”
What we believe to be true about the world may not always be true. Let me take a moment to redefine what truth is. To do this, I first need to specify what truth is not.
When I use the word truth, I’m not referring to:
- Simply telling the truth.
- Being honest and open about what you’re going through (although that can be immensely helpful).
- How you perceive the world personally.
- One person’s particular version of reality.
In fact, the truth that sets you free can be very different from those things. You can be held captive and controlled by false perceptions. How you perceive the world may not be how it really is.
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'” – John 14:6
First and foremost, truth is a person. Truth is the person of Jesus Christ. So no matter what else you learn, hold onto the fact that your freedom is in His hands! He is the one who brings freedom into your life. It’s not up to you to set yourself free. He has done it for you on the cross, and the more you come to know Him, the more you will begin to embrace HIS reality! You will know Jesus, and Jesus will make you free.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 NLT
This word know in John 8:32 is the Greek word ginosko, and it means to come to know, to learn to know, to understand. It speaks of an ever deepening understanding and intimacy.
More with each passing day, you will come to know Jesus more. You will learn to know Him more each day. You will really understand His heart for you. And when you do, everything will make sense. You will begin to see yourself the way that He has seen you all along, as a beautiful, perfect daughter who is loved and cherished by her Father. The chains that have held you back and kept you afraid will fall to the ground as you realize what He has to say about you.
Ginosko is also the word used to speak of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. It speaks of an intimacy that is something to be enjoyed inside of marriage. Paul says in Ephesians 5:32 about marriage: “This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” Just like a husband and wife in a healthy marriage both enjoy times of physical intimacy together, both you and Jesus enjoy times of spiritual intimacy.
Even deeper and more passionate than physical love is your love affair with the Savior. You have won His heart, and He has given His life for you. You are His chosen bride! He loves to hear your voice and He will share His heart with you as well.
As we come to know Christ more, we realize more and more of what His love has won for us on the cross. Knowing Jesus is knowing truth. Knowing Him sets us free from the control of false perceptions and biases that have been controlling our emotions, behaviors, and actions without us even realizing it.
Graceful mama, Jesus is rooting for you! He wants to be known, and when you come to Him He will reveal His heart to you. He has freedom in store for you!