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In Truth

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalms 145:18 NIV

If you've seen the 1982 movie A Few Good Men, you will remember a defiant Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson), shouting, "You can't handle the truth!" Sometimes, we may find it difficult to hear the truth because it means looking at ourselves in the mirror and becoming aware of our mistakes. Moreover, because we know the pain it creates, the fear of the truth keeps us from being honest with each other. Such is the complexity and insecurity of the human mind and the bent of the human soul.

But God not only can handle the truth but desires us to be completely open and honest when we come in prayer. Granted, he is omniscient and already knows everything we've said and done. However, by coming in truthfulness, we demonstrate self-awareness in asking for forgiveness–we recognize what we've done is wrong. We accept responsibility, desire not to do those things again, and seek healing with earnest and repentant hearts. In his compassion and grace, God stands ready to hear our confession and is prepared to forgive.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful for your endless patience and mercy. We know you are more ready to forgive than we are to ask. While we know you have all knowledge, we fear bringing our truths to you because it means we must first face them ourselves. Lord, help us to face those fears, look in the mirror, and come with humble and contrite hearts before you in asking forgiveness. Heal us and make us whole. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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