Is it important to base our lives on truth? Of course it is but what is the truth?
Philippians 4:8 NIV says that we should think on truth.
Ephesians 4:15 NIV says that we should speak truth in a loving way and this will help us to grow up in Christ.
John 14:6 NIV says that Jesus himself is the Truth.
In John 8:31-32 NIV Jesus is speaking about our need to follow His teachings, because then we will know truth and this truth will set us free.
Freedom and truth do indeed go together. We make decisions based on the truths we believe. We also make decisions based on the un-truths we believe. False beliefs can cause bondage.
For example if we believe God’s love for us is based on our circumstances then God only loves me when conditions are perfect. So if I am shipwrecked, sick, persecuted or hungry God can’t possibly love me.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. ~ Romans 8:35 and 37 NLT
But, if we choose to believe the Truth of God’s word as stated above in Romans we are free, not necessarily from earthly bondage but from feeling separated from God’s love every time life is not ideal.
But freedom, liberty, is an attribute of the soul and it may exist even when the body is in bondage. ~ Ralph Adams Cram
Do you believe the Truth that God always loves you?
Is it a struggle for you to separate your circumstances from God’s unchanging affection?