Throughout Scripture, a commitment to pursue truth is a significant marker for God’s people. It is one of the ten commandments in Exodus and part of the armor of God in Ephesians. Honesty, integrity, prophesying reality, and seeing things as they are are important indicators of one’s commitment to Christ and His Ways.
We acknowledge that sometimes “the truth hurts”. It is an acquired taste. The truth is not just the reality we want to hear, but reality as it is.
Truth is confusing only because we are not God. We serve the truth. So much of the journey of the faithful is about pursuing and upholding truth because it is so easy for us to lose sight of what is true, real, and right.
The first couple of verses in the book of Titus aim to further the knowledge of truth within the faithful. This is the path to godliness because God Himself is The Truth. The same things that make the truth so challenging and sometimes unflattering are the reasons to celebrate. Truth is not just a practice to bring us closer to God. Truth is part of the character of God. He who does not lie. Who makes and fulfills promises. Who names things as they are. Who sees the fullness of reality that often eludes the rest of us.
We follow the truth because it leads to God. And because it is God. Jesus said I AM the truth. He promises that pursuing Him is the only way to find, perceive, accept, and choose what is true.