Truth, not justification


By Pastor John Pfeifer - Getting Ahead



I have not always taken responsibility for my decisions. There was a time in my life that I tried to justify everything I did. Soon I learned that nothing got better as long as I did that. I’m sure someone comes to your mind who thinks they are always right. We might justify our actions, but we can not escape the consequences of our actions. The real danger is that as long as we justify our actions, we can never get it right! People will get on both sides of an issue and then division will corrupt their relationship. It happens in families, friendships, and even in our government.

If we are to get past the devastating consequence of division, we must not justify our position without facts. Many times the facts are not obvious and are very slow in coming. The truth will be known because truth may be covered up or ignored, but it can’t be changed. Just as some people like green, others like red. Some people like football, some like baseball. Some people like blonde hair, others like brown. We do not all have to think alike to find the truth.

Jesus said in John 16:13; “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

The enemy we face is not that there are different views, but that we passionately justify our views without knowing the absolute truth. Our views can change but truth will not. The source of absolute truth is the Word of God.

John 8:32; “And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Jesus promised He will never leave us or forsake us. He also said He would be with us THROUGH our hard times. Those hard times can be conquered when we seek out the truth and do not give in to our tendency to justify them. It is not what we believe about the circumstance we are in, but that we believe the absolute truth in the Word of God and are willing to accept it.

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By Pastor John Pfeifer

Getting Ahead