The Ways Of Truth

A young friend came up to me and asked for advice. In a nut shell, our conversation went like this.

She confided, “I did something really bad to a friend and he doesn’t know about it. What should I do?”

I said, “If your conscience bother you this much, then I think it means that you can’t ignore it nor hope that it’ll resolve itself. We’re both followers of Christ. We know when the Spirit is telling us to do something true according to His Word.”

She asked, “Which is?”

“You should go and tell him.”

“But what if he gets angry at me? What if he stops being my friend? Can’t I just be extra nice to him instead, maybe give him extra attention for a bit, do as he says…you know?”

“Will God forgive you your tresspass to your friend if you do it that way, do you think?”

“….will He?”

“Well, far be it for me to tell anyone what God will or won’t do. But I can tell you what He is saying in The Holy Scripture. For starters:

Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; [24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

1 John 1:7-9 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. [8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Then I concluded, “You have to tell him the truth. You’re already talking to me about this matter and asking for advice because you know deep within your heart that you have wronged him and you have to make things right not only with your friend, but especially with God who knows all things. He is telling you to go set your soul free. Confess, repent, ask for forgivesness, in that order. This are the ways of the Truth.”

My young friend said, “The Truth is hard to hear and harder to do.”

I replied, “And yet the Truth will set you free.”

“Ain’t that the truth!” She responded.

She was quite reluctant to do as she knew she should, and it took her some time and a whole lot of courage, but she did meet with her friend and confessed to him her wrongdoings. Understandably, he was shocked, angry and lost trust in her, but eventually after some time and lots of reflective meditations on the Truth as well, he forgave her and they remain friends.

Doing that which is True is hard, but that which are the ways of the Truth need only to be done.

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