John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
I love Michael Card’s thoughts RE: the imperative of living the Truth. Michael writes,
Telling the truth can be a serious and costly business. It cost Jesus His life, but at the same time, it purchased a new life for us. To be condemned means to forfeit all your freedom, but Jesus says that the truth means freedom (John 8:32)
And so the paradox remains: In this world the only true freedom comes from the truth of Jesus, and the inevitable consequence of testifying to the Truth is judgment by the world. To be free indeed, we must become slaves to the truth of Jesus. The condemnation that we will experience at all levels in the world is the truest freedom. (A Violent Grace, p. 82)