He said, “What is truth?”
I struggle to meditate on whatever is true. (Philippians 4:8) I see the benefits, but struggle to slow down and think.
Meditating is to judge, decide, weight the reasons, or deliberate. Meditation uses facts. Meditating on truth incites research for facts through the smoke-screen of opinions, half-truths, and pure lies.
So, what is truth? Consider these two areas.
- Truth is sincere, unadulterated, pure. Truth is opposed to fake, fictitious, counterfeit, or pretentious.
- Jesus is genuine. He is not fiction, or a counterfeit copy (John 14:6).
- Jesus is the true vine. (John 15:1). He is not a pseudo-leader starving his “branches”, like the leaders of His time did.
- God's writings are true. (John 17:17). It is unadulterated truth. It is effective, unlike man's synthesized truth.
- Truth is factual. Christians search for FACTS and whatever is pertinent.
- Christians relate facts to their fellow-disciples. Why deceive co-workers with factless-truth? (Ephesians 4:25).
- Christians, as warriors use truth as a belt. (Ephesians 6:14). We will not leave home without it.
- Some want truth suppressed. (Romans 1:18). We are told incomplete truth, either by the person, or through media. Half-truths abound in politics, finance, and industry. Are there other places where the truth is restrained?
The effort in meditating over truth is
- the search for truth in common daily activities and events
- the judging of situations against known truth (God's truth).
- the search for truth in the work environment
- the separation of truth (facts) from the "spin" put out by politicans and media sources.
I read of an Iowa debate between Gingrich and Romney. If either candidate attacks the other, truth-hounds must sift for the truth in what they say. When they are non-aggressive, we listen carefully, determining the reality of their plans for the United States.
"Jurors who condemned a Connecticut man to death for a brutal home invasion said each of them wept as they weighed the horrific brutality of the crime against the misfortune that the convict suffered in his own early life." (Associated Press). Were they weighing the presented truth, or using truth derived from life experiences, or both?
"Reid Defends Nuclear Chief Amid Complaints", the ABCNews headline reads. Harry Reid defended his former aid, saying the four other NRC commissioners are "politically motivated". What is the truth about his former aid? Are the complaints justified? Is the political motivation true or a smoke-screen to shroud or distract from the truth?
What is the payoff for this consideration, deep thinking, and searching for truth? What does it profit me? Here are some ideas. Determine if they true? Are they real?
- By practicing, I become an accomplished truth-finder.
- My relationships are strengthened by truthfulness.
- Recognizing truth speeds me toward success. I reject partial-truths, forging success from facts (truth).
- Other truth-seekers are respectful.
- I inspire truth in, and from, co-workers.
- I reject depression from lies, gossip, or liars.
- I determine methods to increase truthfulness through judging truthfulness (or lack thereof) in others.
- I judge if it is truly a "good deal", or if I am being mislead.
- I plan tactics to terminate the telling of partial-truths, slanderous gossip, or blant lies.
I want these benefits, don't you? Let's begin meditating on truth.
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Are the things discussed here Truth? Will they work? What problems could occur? Please discuss your ideas about meditating on Truth in the comment section, below. I look forward to hearing from you.