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'Sharp-edged Truth'

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.

- Matthew 10:34

The slang term "truthiness" is defined as preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true rather than those known to be true. We are attracted to what sounds good--instant cures, easy fixes, no-risk investments. Who wouldn't be? You and I are free to believe what we want, but wishes alone are not substitutes for truth. People buy into glossy versions of reality, inconsistencies and all, because truth can be troubling.

Centuries before "truthiness" found its way into our vocabulary, Jesus recognized its hold on humanity. He did not advocate conflict, least of all within families. But he spoke the truth, as difficult as it was for others to hear. His blunt talk prepared believers for the inevitable suffering they would endure--even at the hands of loved ones. The sword of truth continues to have sharp edges. Those with courage to face that truth begin the journey to God's peace.

- Gail Goleas
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freeter | Posted on: 2017-07-17 16:13:45
Learn a new word today, thanks Gail!

Truthiness - the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.

These are not in the Bible:
* God helps those who help themselves!
* Cleanliness is next to holiness!
* Money is the root of all evil!
* This too shall pass!
* Spare the rod, spoil the child!
* God wants you to be happy!
* Just follow your heart and believe, and you can do anything!

It isn't about conflicts with family and others! Jesus pointed out if anything or anyone I love more, then I have a problem in loving Jesus! It is about the conflicts I have with Jesus if I love someone else or something else more :-(

That is why Jesus told us the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:36-40, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"

I have to love God in order to know how to love others. These second is dependent on the first one! I know friends who love their family and friends dearly, but they don't love God. They love out of feelings, obligations, their own upbringing and being known to be nice. I know for I was like that......

It is so much easier to love my children and give them everything they want! But that is not how You love me, is it Lord? You love me and died for me while I was still a sinner! You don't answer my prayers just because I want you to! You answer my prayer according to Your plan of long ago and the way you have the best for me! Your patience, Your long-suffering, Your grace, Your mercy and Your faithfulness are overwhelming! Teach me to love You so I can love others the way You love me. Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-07-17 09:25:06
Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ now and forever. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-07-17 06:53:46
Lord, help us to trust and believe that our prayers for the courage to be truthful to ourselves and others, and our prayers for the courage to accept the truth from others, will be sufficient to fortify us for the journey of change which will come.
Lennise Baptiste | Posted on: 2017-07-17 06:35:43
The Sword of Truth, I had a spiritual director explain it in terms that gave me a realization of its power to break up the illusions our minds and emotions create. I will relate it to you in hopes that it will help. Our minds build false concepts and illusions that we relate to at times, when these are hurtful or cause fear or anxiety they can build a sort of knot that blocks the free flow of grace. the sword of truth is the rational understanding that these concepts are only concepts not from God. so the sword cuts through the knot freeing the mind and heart so we may allow His grace to flow freely through us. Just my humbled opinion.
Peace be with you all!
Daniel | Posted on: 2017-07-17 06:32:47
The truth that Christ seeks in this provocative statement is simply that one should not place dependency on the family relationship but rather on Christ at the center and relate to life through our relationship with Him.
Daniel | Posted on:: 2017-07-17 07:23:40
Lord, let us please have the courage to face the truth, let Thy will be done, Amen
Paul | Posted on: 2017-07-17 01:44:28
Thank you Gail for a wonderful devotion and Paul I second your comment. Exactly what I needed to read as I head into probable conflict in an attempt to present all the facts, deal with the issues (whatever the facts prove them to be)and move forward for the good of all. ‘the truth will set you free’ John 8:32 Pat
Patrick | Posted on:: 2017-07-17 04:55:15
Amen. My prayer also, Paul.
Sandy | Posted on:: 2017-07-17 06:31:43
Thank you for the prayer, Paul! I wish all the devotions had a closing prayer!
Carol Custead | Posted on:: 2017-07-17 19:15:46
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