Posts Tagged ‘truth’

Truth be told by Matthew West

Lie number 1 – you’re supposed to have it all together
And when they ask how you’re doing
Just smile and tell them “never better”

Lie number 2 – everybody’s life is perfect except yours
So keep your messes and your wounds
And your secrets safe with you behind closed doors

Truth be told
The truth is rarely told

I say, “I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine”
But I’m not
I’m broken

And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control
But it’s not
And you know it

I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told

There’s a sign on the door saying “come as you are” but I doubt it
If we lived like it was true every Sunday morning pew would be crowded
But didn’t you say the church should look more like a hospital
A safe place for the sick and the sinner and and sick and the scarred and the prodigal

Truth be told
The truth is rarely told
Am I the only one who says…

Can I really stand here unashamed
And know that you love for me won’t change?
Oh God If that’s really true
Then let the truth be told

Wow! Powerful words aren’t they. For me however they are words I can completely relate to.

I’ve lost count a long time ago how many times when asked if I was ok, I’ve replied that I was fine, when inside I’m trying so hard to keep it together in public.

I also know that it often appears as if others have a fantastic life and have no problems or challenges, so I wish I was them. However I know that in reality they are doing just the same as me, putting a brave face on their life when in public, telling everyone they too are fine.

The words of the song that struck me most were these

I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told

Yes, it’s hard to admit when we’re struggling, but it really does help to be honest with yourself and will God. He already knows what’s troubling you so won’t judge you. You simply need to tell Him, and He will be there for you always.

 

It takes at least two people to have conversation.

There are two sides to every disagreement.

There are two sides to every argument.

So, given we know all the above, why do we have a tendency to still feel they don’t need to hear both sides of a disagreement before “taking sides”?

Why do people who are not involved in something, and not even present during a private conversation, automatically take one side in things when there’s a disagreement?

Why do we as human,s feel it’s our place to judge and label others because of their opinions?

Why do we think we really know and understand others when in reality, if we actually thought about it properly, we really know very little about most people as we only know them in a particular setting (e.g. sports club, socially, work, church, school etc), and in fact know very little or nothing at all about that person’s private life.

Think about how you’d feel if you found out someone thought certain things about you just because someone who hardly knows you has told them their opinion of you…you’d be hurt and upset wouldn’t you?

So don’t go taking sides in a disagreement/argument unless you’ve been present during it and have heard both sides of the disagreement from those involved. If you don’t, you’re in real danger of misjudging someone and therefore being unfair towards them and that can be fatal in many relationships.

So in conclusion, remember there are two sides to every disagreement or argument so don’t judge or take sides without hearing both sides from those who were actually involved.

don't jump to conclusions

truth or liesI’m sure we’ve all come across people who we would never share anything private with because we know they wouldn’t be able to stop themselves from telling others..Then there are those we know we could tell anything to, but still know it would never go any further.

I’m also sure we’ve all come across people who do not tell the truth…Then there are those who can always be relied on to tell the truth, even in difficult circumstances where they have to choose their words carefully so as not to cause offence or hurt.

Albert Einstein once said…

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either

So can you be trusted? Are you always truthful?

At the end of the day it’s always better to be truthful and disliked for it than tell lies and never be trusted because of it.

Have you ever watched the TV programme called Would I Lie To you? It’s a comedy panel show hosted by Rob Brydon where two teams of contestants led by regulars, David Mitchell and Lee Mack, have to bluff about their deepest secrets. Points are awarded to the teams you correctly guess whether the “secrets” told by contestants are true or a lie. In other words, contestants have to be good at telling lies and good at covering up the truth!

While I do find some of the “secrets” told on the show and the ridiculous stories the contestants tell, quick funny at times, there’s something about that programme which just doesn’t sit right with me.

Is it just me?

I think it’s just because it’s giving the impression that telling lies fun…Not that fun isn’t good, but are we really give out the right message to people?

In a world where lies seem to common place to so many, let’s promote honesty and integrity and not lies!

It can be hard to comprehend sometimes why people die when they do. So that can make it even more difficult to comprehend why God would allow Jesus to die on the cross, when He could have saved Him…

What He Was Dying To Say

When Jesus was a boy
With the teachers in the temple
They were so amazed
That a child could speak this way
He was so excited
About His Father’s business
There were so many things
He was dying to say
 
Then after He turned thirty
He went back to the temple
To say He was the Son of God,
The Truth, the Life, the Way
They took Him to a hill
They called the Skull
To render Him silent
But they could not prevent
What He was dying to say
 
He was dying to tell the world
How much He really cared
It wasn’t the old rusty nails
That kept Him hanging there
The expression on His face
Gave the real reason away
He had something on His heart
He was dying to say.
 
He said, “I love you.” “I love you.”
“I love you” is what He said.
He said, “I love you.” “I love you”
And He cared enough
That He wrote it down in red.
 
He was dying to tell the world
How much He really cared
It wasn’t the old rusty nails
That kept Him hanging there
The expression on His face
Gave the real reason away
He had something on His heart
He was dying to say.

Did you find the answer in the above song?

Jesus died simply because He loves us, and because God loves us.

Forevermore, You are holy
Forevermore, You are worthy

God can take the broken and the weak and make them into superstars. He does this for every individual who gives their life to Him, and in return He promises to love us all forever.

God will be with us forever, He has planned our lives out before us, and in doing so proves again just how much he loves us, and will always love us. So how should we repay Him? By loving Him and giving our heart to Him today.

All my life, all that I hope
It rests inside Your plan
Your love, Your grace, Your truth alone
Forevermore will stand
You have called me Your redeemed
And hidden me in the shadow of Your wings

True friends really do mean the world when you’re really struggling through some dark times.

Only those that truly care, will see the hurt you will not share. For on your face you show a glow, but in your eyes the truth will show

Are you lucky enough to have someone in your life who the above statement could refer to?

Personally, as someone who find it’s far easier to keep my feelings and emotions to myself, I was shocked and very nervous when I first found a friend who could look into my eyes and know how I was feeling – It was terrifying for me!

What terrified me wasn’t that I was hurting or upset, but rather that by looking into my eyes, someone was able to understand and know exactly how I felt. It felt as though my friend could see right into my soul and see my deepest feelings and emotions.

Being able to know and understand how I felt actually turned out to be a blessing on disguise in many ways for me, as my friend was able to support and encourage me at times when others where totally oblivious to how I really felt. This particular friendship is in fact the one I’ve talked about in previous posts such as Rejected Heart, I Believe In Angels and Still Hoping – so I’m sure you can understand another reason why I still find it very hard when I see my one-time angel, as I still feel as though they can see my deepest feelings and emotions whenever they look at me.

I think what makes it particualrly hard is because I know that even though I believe they can still “see” exactly how I feel, they no longer do or say anything to help or support me, despite understanding me.

Prayer For A Friend by Casting Crowns

 Lord, I lift my friend to You, I’ve done all that I know to do
I lift my friend to You
Complicated circumstances have clouded his view
Lord, I lift my friend up to You

I fear that I won’t have the words that he needs to hear
I pray for Your wisdom, oh God, and a heart that’s sincere
Lord, I lift my friend up to You

Lord, I lift my friend to You
My best friend in the world, I know he means much more to You
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/casting-crowns-lyrics/prayer-for-a-friend-lyrics.html)
I want so much to help him, but this is something he has to do
And Lord, I lift my friend up to You

’cause there’s a way that seems so right to him
But You know where that leads
He’s becoming a puppet of the world, too blind to see the strings
Lord, I lift my friend up to You
My friend up to You

Lord, I lift my friend to You, I’ve done all that I know to do
I lift my friend to You

The Word by Sara Groves

I’ve done every devotional
Been every place emotional
Trying to hear a new word from God
And I think it’s very odd,
that while I attempt to help myself
My Bible sits upon my shelf
With every promise
I could ever need

Chorus:
And the Word was
And the Word is
And the Word will be
The old Word is the new Word is
The old Word is the new Word is…

People are getting fit for Truth
Like they’re buying a new tailored suit
Does it fit across the shoulders
Will it fade when it gets older
We throw ideas that aren’t in style
In the Salvation Army pile
And search for something more to meet our needs

Bridge:
I think it’s time I rediscover
All the ground that I have covered, like
Seek Ye first (what a verse)
We are pressed but not crushed,
perplexed but don’t despair.
We are persecuted but not abandoned
We are no longer slaves
we are daughters and sons,
and when we are weak
we are very strong

And neither death nor life
nor present nor future
nor depth nor height
can keep us from the love of Christ
And the Word I need
is the Word that was
who put on flesh to dwell with us.
In the beginning….

What a blessing this song is. It puts everything so simply – The word was, is, and will be, forever!

It has reminded me again of just how easy it is for each of us to love our Saviour Jesus Christ each and every day. And what’s more, He will love you unconditionally in return, no matter what you have done in your past, currently or even what you may do in the future.

Be assured that Jesus will love you, forever!

Faith By Family Friend Poems
To have faith is to defy logic.
It takes faith to think positively.It takes faith to believe that there is a loving God who cares deeply about our pain.
To believe in life, the universe, or yourself after numerous failures is to have courage.
Faith is an act of courage.
It is choosing to get up in the morning and face our fears and believe that God will help us.
Faith is choosing to believe that even though we may have failed one hundred times before that we can succeed the next time.
 What a wonderful poem – so full of truth and reassurance that faith in our Lord, is more than just enough to help us through each day.
 
 
What Faith Can Do by Kutless
Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think its more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining
 
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
 
It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing
 
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
 
Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!
 
I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

The Bible: The Whole

Posted: July 13, 2010 in bible
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A couple of weeks ago I blogged on a number of occasions about the bible and my thoughts on how we should study it. Well today I’d like to give you a few more of my thoughts on this. I hope you find them helpful.

Not Just a Verse but a Whole Book

When you read a book, you don’t just read one paragraph from it and try to work out the rest of the book based on that one paragraph or chapter. Therefore, just as we read any other book from cover to cover to get the whole story and all the information, so we should do the same with the bible.

Yes there will be verses in it that speak or shout out at you, but that shouldn’t stop you from reading the rest of that chapter or indeed the whole bible.

How can we understand all God has to tell us if we are selective about what we read? Read the whole bible to gain context and meaning to each verse as there’s a message there if only we take the time to understand it.

Focus on God

Don’t ever forgot why you are here. You are here because God placed you here. He placed you here on this earth so you could do His work. We may have our own plans for our life, but the only way we can achieve all we can is by doing God’s will, His plan for our life.

John 5:39 (The Message)

You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

You can read the whole bible and understand it all, but if you do not know God, there is no point. In other words, we must have a personal relationship with God to truly know and understand His word, so that we can apply it to our lives.

So, when you read the Bible think about God, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free!