Knowing The Truth – Part 1
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus said, “You will know the truth…” This world that we are living in has been so polluted and damaged by the sinful ways of humans. To quote the famous Mahatma Gandhi, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
We can see people damaging the earth physically by dumping toxic waste into the river just to save up money from dealing with it with proper care. Because of greed and selfishness, human is willing to cheat, lie and harm other humans in order to gain more profits. Because of lust and perversion, humans commit sexual crimes. We live in a world where child abuse and human trafficking is pandemic, one where we ourselves perpetuate and, in turn, suffer from our actions.
It’s no wonder than this gives rise to fear and anxiety in life. We fear being harmed by one another. Or maybe, some will think fatalistically that all these evils are the judgement of God. As Christians, we should know that this is not true. Still, every action has its consequences. Disaster to the environment and our own health issues are caused by our own hands. The fallen state of human morality is due to the sin of humans. All of us are affected, be it Christians or non-Christians. Because Jesus said, “I have told you these things… In this world you will have trouble”. For those of us who have been made aware of the truth, we know that the way of things are not mysteries, especially in terms of where they come from.
As such, being prepared is so important. It’s like this, when you go to a doctor and he prescribes you some medication, it comes with instructions of how to take it, what to expect from it. But if the doctor has not told you before-hand of say the medicine’s effects, you may become anxious when you get drowsy or fatigued as a side effect, and wonder what has happened to you.
In the bible, Jesus says this powerful and comforting promise: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Again, if you know this truth, you will not be caught unprepared. If you keep His words close to you heart and meditate on them, it will set you free from overwhelming fear and anxiousness about our fate in this world. Not only that, we can then face life on this earth with peace and joy, that is His assurance to those who seek Him and dwell in Him.