30th Anniversary 

Freedom in Truth

“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance,

but the Lord looks at the heart”

(1 Sam. 16:7b; NASB)

Technology has given us some amazing capabilities. In less than forty years personal computers, the internet, smart phones, and other devices have completely changed the way we interact with one another. Personal contact is no longer necessary to know what is going on in someone’s life. Birthdays automatically pop up on our phones, news from practically every place on earth can be seen within seconds, and we can react to all of it without ever having to look anyone in the eye.

These things have also enabled us to put on outward appearances to others that may or may not be genuine. Reality shows and YouTube channels that present everything BUT reality, altered photos and video enhancements, and hacked social media accounts come as no surprise anymore. It has become easier to live a lie than ever before, and many have taken advantage of that capability. What we must remember is that God always sees the truth. He knows who we are because He looks at our hearts.

Putting on a front sometimes looks like the thing to do when doing otherwise might cause discomfort. It’s also tempting at times to “fake it till you make it”, but that can also have unpleasant results. Even though it’s possible to do these things we must ask ourselves, why we would even consider them. Jesus said: “I and the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6a). He is truth all that is true comes through Him.

Our only way to true freedom is through Christ. He said: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). It might seem like a good idea to put up a false front on social media, or create scenarios that feed your pride or self-image, but it is not. Anything not based in truth is empty

and will never satisfy your needs, whatever they might be. I’m not saying you should put all your business out into the social media landscape. The healthiest thing anyone can do is develop real, in person relationships. As a believer in Christ you should want to be around other believers. That personal interaction creates an atmosphere of encouragement and strength.

There is nothing wrong with having an active social media life. What you should not do is try to look like something you’re not. You are a child of God and you are loved by a wonderful Father. What people think about you is not nearly as important as what the Father sees when He looks at your heart. Put time into personal relationships with a loving heart. Let the truth set you free.

Have a great week and God bless.

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