Walking In Truth


      Solomon said we can make sense of life only by our relationship with the Heavenly Father. "Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.) God's truth must make an impact on our life. John said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (III John 4.) The best evidence for our having the truth is our walking in the truth.


      Those who walk in truth first obey the truth. Paul spoke of "obeying the truth" in Romans 10:16. To obey the truth the New Testament requires you to believe (Mark 16:16), re­pent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and to be baptized (Romans 6:3-4, I Peter 3:21). You need Christ now! Jesus Christ: (1) is our Savior (II Timothy 2:10), (2) offers rest to your soul (Matthew 11:28-30), (3) has the words of eternal life (John 6:68), and (4) is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Alien sinners need to obey Christ's gospel plan of salvation immediately.


      Those who walk in truth keep the word of God. In explain the parable of the Sower Jesus said, "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience." (Luke 8:15.) The good ground which bears fruit for God is an honest and good heart. This is a person who follows God's instructions with a willing heart. David said, "Princes persecute me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your word." (Psalm 119:161.) We should also have hearts which stand in awe at God's word. The man to whom God will look is described in this way in Isaiah 66:2. "...But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word."


      Those who walk in truth add the Christian graces to their life. Peter gave powerful in­structions concerning Christian growth in II Peter 1:5-11. "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be sup­plied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." These people had already reached the point of "faith". Now they need to "...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and for­ever. Amen." (II Peter 3:18.) Christians must continually press forward to obtain more grace. Spiritual growth is something about which Christians must be very diligent. Christian must put forth every effort to enter heaven through the narrow gate. "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able." (Luke 13:24.)


      Those who walk in the truth overcome evil with good. Paul wrote to Christians in Rome saying, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21.) Do not allow any evil spoken to you or about you to disrupt your peace or destroy your love. Those who quietly bear injuries are not conquered by them. Evil can be overcome with the good of kindness, love and longsuffering. You can, by your actions, change others or at least maintain your spiritual joy. Solomon said, "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." (Proverbs 16:32.)


      Those who walk in truth treat others as they want to be treated. Those who would be righteous toward God must be right toward men. To accomplish this Jesus said, "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12.) Our life among men must be a life which produces a good report. This would mean our life must be fair, kind, honest and honorable. This is the ground work for carrying out the second great commandment. "Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39.) You must, in every aspect of life, put yourself in the place of the other person and act accordingly.


      Those who walk in truth must run the Christian race. The Hebrew writer wrote, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2.) As Christians we must lay aside every unChristlike thing from our lives. As a Christian you are trying to always move upward. Therefore, you must rid yourself of anything that would pull you down.


      Christians have a race to run. The course is set out for you by the word of God. It is a well marked course. There are no short cuts. The race is to be run with perseverance, patience, faith and hope. The thing that keeps you on course is that you keep "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."


      Those that walk in the truth do good to all men.  Paul encouraged the Galatians Christians with these words, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10.) Christian must do all the good they can, where they are, with what they have, while they can. It is not enough for Christians to "be" good. We must also "do" good. We must be ready to serve all who need us in any way we are capable. The business of our life should be that of doing good to others.


            Those who walk in truth must also: (1) worship in spirit and in truth, (2) visit widows and orphans, (3) bear the burdens of others, (4) preach the gospel to the world, and (5) put God first in all of life. It is time for each of us to take a serious look at our life and ask; Are we pleasing God? "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you are disqualified." (II Corinthi­ans 13:5.)


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551 Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA