We say we want truth, but do we really? Do we really want to know the truth about ourselves? Do we really want to know the truth about our sin and its depth? The following comes from the sermon yesterday.
Rooting out sin is almost always painful but it IS ALWAYS purifying to our relationship with God. The product of valuing truth and living in truth is communion with God.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Rooting out our sin and getting to the truth of who God is, getting to the truth of who we are AND who we are in Christ leads us to real joy. But we get in our own way so easily and so readily because we are self-serving creatures that want to hide our flaws and hide the truth about who we are and because we do not wholly trust God to be good.
This reminds me of a quote from a few weeks ago.
“God is my father and he is totally for me without hesitation on his part. He is wholly and completely for my good.”
Unless we recognize that we value truth and convince ourselves of it in such a way that we make sacrifices and spend our resources to attain it, we are always protecting self and protecting our autonomy and authority. So we hide from self and we hide from each other in order to protect those things and keep our blind spots hidden and thus settle for a less than life.