Truth and Sincerity
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
In the classroom setting of one Peanuts comic strip, on the first day of the new school year, the students were told to write an essay about returning to class. In her essay, Lucy wrote, "Vacations are nice, but it's good to get back to school. There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding my knowledge."
Of course, Lucy's teacher complimented her fine essay. In the final frame, Lucy leans over to Charlie Brown and says, "After a while, you learn what sells."
Sincerity and truth should always be vitally connected. Yet the history of humankind is littered with messages designed not to be truthful but to sound good. Everyday we encounter individuals who observe our lives to see if we live what we believe, so we must commit ourselves to follow after Christ with truth and sincerity.
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.