How To Know What's True
Children easily take the opinions of others as their own. A little boy agrees with everything daddy says. A little girl comes home telling her parents the “fact” her friend told her: “But my friend says it’s true!” The child wants the toy on the television, believing it will do everything the ad claims. Children’s opinions and preferences are easily influenced because of their nature. It is essential children be taught truth. Proverbs 22:6 teaches us to, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
When we decide to accept Jesus’s forgiveness and follow Him, we become like spiritual babies. We too have to learn truth. What and who we listen to in our walk is vital to our growth. In Colossians, Paul expresses his hope that believers’ “hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” He warns against “plausible arguments” that would deceive. In order to find these “treasures of wisdom and knowledge” in Jesus, we must discipline ourselves to tune out the opinions and values the world offers so we can keep our focus on God’s truth. The Bible is God’s word. We must learn God’s word by reading it, listening to it and thinking about it. Such discipline allows us to recognize the voice of God and grow in Him.
- Where do you turn when you need advice?
- Can you think of a time you followed opinions that didn’t agree with the Bible? What were the results?
- What is one area where you need to discipline yourself to follow Jesus?
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