I literally started reading a new book (where we belong by Emily Grifin) and the first paragraph was talking about secrets and how harmful they can be to relationships and it got me thinking about this popular quote and how it is often perceived.
the truth shall set you free
Religious people say this a lot and I believe its largely taken out of context. Its taken from John 8:32 which actually states:
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
it is part of a sentence and when read alone, I can see how it can and has been misinterpreted, but when read from the previous verse, the full meaning and message becomes clear:
You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
- A disciple is a student of a mentor or a teacher, follower of someone.
- To remain faithful means to remain loyal, to consistently do something
- His teachings are contained in the bible
Therefore, if you closely follow Jesus (through his teachings in the bible and to practice what his teachings say), then you will know the truth and it will set you free (from barriers/boxes the world try to put you in, boxes/barriers you create for yourself to limit yourself, etc)
Cool stuff eh? 😉
People tend to cite that quotation when they want to encourage someone to confess something they may not ordinarily confess.
Let’s be real for a second, how many times have you ‘felt set free’ after releasing some ‘truths’?
you told a friend how you truly felt about a situation hoping it will help your relationship and let me guess, it made it worse? (Sometimes it helps your relationship but this totally depends on the type of relationship you already had with the person in question)
often times some ‘truths’ end up giving people a label within which to define us/judge us, etc
you are not who others say you are! You are who God says you are
So, before you go blabbing everything that burdens you to just about anybody, think about what it is you are about to say and whether it truly needs to be said! And more importantly, whether you trust the person with such information – ‘cuz once its out there, its out there 😉
Don’t let people or the wrong perception of the scripture pressure you into saying things you shouldn’t in the hopes that it will somehow provide some relief.
Remember, God’s ‘truth’ and not your own idea or the world’s idea of ‘truth’ will set you free!!