Wednesday Sept 23, 2009
Hartsville News Journal
Page 3B
"Recognizing the Truth"

You recently observed God using a metaphor, the two- edged sword, to teach that Christ is the truth and now, while still using metaphors to teach, He works with you on recognizing the truth. You begin in James 3:11-12 KJV where He tells that truth and lies do not mix:
[11] Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Sweet and bitter water coming from the same fountain
is not possible but it is representative of the fact that truth and lies do not both flow from the mouth of a truthful person. Next God asks if you expect a fig tree to bear olives or if both salt and fresh water can flow from the same fountain:
[12] Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
God is making a point here as knowing that only fig trees can produce figs is His way of telling you that only truthful people tell the truth.
Whether listening to a preacher, family member, friend or stranger, Luke 6:43-44 KJV tells
that the only way you will know that truth is being spoken is by the fruit they bear, not the words they speak:
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. [44] For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
Your time is valuable and searching for truth is a full time job; thorns not figs come from the mouth of a liar and you only have time for those that produce figs and grapes. John 4:36 KJV shows both you and the giver of
truth benefiting from the truth you share:
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Joy is the wages paid to givers and receivers of truth and Psalm 15:2 KJV gives you extra reason to recognize it:
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Walking uprightly is made possible by associating with those speaking and living the truth; how good are you at recognizing them?
While recognizing the truth, do you feel it going from your God's?


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