Biblical Character Development — Truthfulness, Part 1 (The Man In the Mirror #44)

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Truthfulness is communicating by life and word that which is genuine and accurate.

One Hebrew word for truth is “emeth.” It means “stability, certainty, sureness.” It is from the word “aman,” which means “to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; to render or be firm or faithful; to be permanent; to stand fast; to be faithful; verified.” When Jesus emphasized truth, He often said the words “verily, verily,” (translated “truly, truly”), as in John 3:3. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

— Now, let’s look at Sources of Truth

1. God is truth. Deuteronomy 32:3-4 says, “Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

2. Jesus is truth. John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” It is ironic that Pilate asked Jesus, the Source of Truth, “What is truth?” and then turned Him over to be crucified.

3. The Holy Spirit is truth. 1 John 5:6 says, “And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”