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Walking in Truth

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, "He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me."' And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:14-17)

"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:12-15).

"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 1-4).

As the apostle John neared the end of his journey here on earth, he makes this statement: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." Why did he single out "walking in truth" as a supreme goal? Would we make the same statement? Do we know what it is to walk in truth?

There are some that would make this statement: "Let's just lay aside the things that divide us and concentrate on loving Jesus. After all, that is the most important thing, so let's not concentrate on the minor things."

On the surface, this may sound good, but I would like to ask us to consider it again carefully before God. Can we love Jesus without walking in truth? Is any area of truth unimportant? What is truth? Can we know truth with assurance? I believe these, along with many other related questions, are very important to answer properly if we want to know the full purpose of God and experience the riches of His grace in all things. Let us come before God with hearts that are hungry to see more clearly and walk in truth as God reveals it to our hearts. May the prayer of our hearts be to be included with those who have fully obeyed God and who walk in truth to the glory of God.