Although we often associate the word “truth” with “how I really feel”, it is much more accurate to describe it as “how things really are”.
When we focus on our emotions, we let them dictate reality. Our minds create narratives that match, validate, and reinforce the way we feel about things. How we wish they were rather than how they are.
Walking in the truth means we are exploring reality. We are seeking to discover what is real and what is a by-product of our inaccurate perceptions.
Elsewhere, Scripture says the truth “sets us free”. Living in a false reality might seem better than facing the discomfort of the truth. But in the end it leads to confusion, apathy, and destruction.
Current reality is an acquired taste, but it is our friend.
In modern society, you might hear the phrase, “perception is reality”. It is a dangerous idea, suggesting that how we see things is more important than how they are, that we should not waste time trying to walk in the truth but should resign ourselves to walking in the illusion. Playing the game rather than living the reality.
John has warned his audience about this and is delighted they have chosen the better way. Likewise, we have the opportunity to commit to the truth. In humility, to seek what is real and what is right.