As I listened to my friend talk about how stupid she was and how fat she was and how much she hated herself, my heart was breaking. How could I make her see the truth?
Of course I tried to tell her that she was intelligent and beautiful and kind and worth loving (all those things are true) and I gave examples of where I had seen those qualities in her, but I could see that the truth wasn’t penetrating. The grip of the lies was too strong.
I see the same in myself at times. I know the truth in my head and I agree with it in my mind, but it can’t seem to find its way through to my heart, to sink in deep enough that I actually feel it and live it.
Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NLT) But how does that work when the lies seem so strong?
Here’s what I’ve discovered: it’s a process.
We need to keep on filling our minds with truth, every day, and we need to keep speaking it to others. It may not seem to be making an impact and we may not feel it straight away, but I think, often, even when it seems to be bouncing off, a little bit of truth seeps through the cracks, and gradually it chips away at the lies and loosens their grip.
That’s why it’s so important to spend time each day filling our minds with God’s truth. As God’s Word goes out, it always bears fruit. (Isaiah 55:11) It may take a while before we see visible signs of growth, but if we keep going, eventually we will.
We need to keep speaking truth to others. Sometimes our circumstances and feelings blind us to the truth and we need others to step in and correct our perspective. Again we need to persevere even when it doesn’t seem to be making any difference. It took a long time before I saw my friend begin to believe the truth about herself, and it’s still an ongoing process, but gradually the truth is beginning to sink in.
Let me finish with a song- I had a different one in mind to share but felt I should share this one instead as it fits so well with the prompt. A few months ago, a friend (not the one I referred to above) sent me some lyrics and asked if I would write music to go along with them. The song is called “Each Beat Of Flowing Truth” and the lyrics are a beautiful reminder of the truth of our identity in Christ and what God says about us. It’s not the best quality recording, but I hope it encourages you today in God’s truth.