Sue hasn’t call and there will be hell to pay.
There is no truth in Satan. It’s his nature. As Christians, we formerly had that nature, now we have the nature of Christ and all the truth that comes with it. But elements of untruth just seem to hang around and Satan clings to them to make, and keep, us useless. He drags untruth into every day life.
If your friend Sue usually calls every day and on Tuesday doesn’t call, the truth is a call was not made. That’s the only truth. It doesn’t mean Sue no longer loves you or that she has died in an accident. It doesn’t mean that she’s angry about something you said to her. It doesn’t mean she is no longer your friend. It doesn’t mean she is telling everyone what an awful person you are and that you are now friendless. It doesn’t mean that she never was your friend. It doesn’t mean, that you are the kind of person who doesn’t have friends because you are so worthless. The only truth is Sue didn’t call.
All over a phone call that never happened. Once you’re convinced that there is now a friendship crisis; the counterattack and planning session begins. Should you call Sue? Should you text her? Maybe you should work through your mutual friend Mary. You should probably call Mary and tell her how Sue has betrayed your friendship. Maybe Mary and you can have Sue murdered.
Maybe you won’t kill her, like she deserves. After all, Sue must be having an affair. That’s why she hasn’t called. Well, she will never be happy. Who this other person in her life? At church she was talking with Joe. Gotta be him. Good grief, Joe’s only been a widower for a year. You would think Sue would have better taste. Of course, after all these years you now know what kind of person Sue is. Just the type that would have an affair. You are not even that sad that they (Sue and Joe) are both going to burn in hell.
When Sue calls and says the battery died on her phone and asks if you’ve had a nice day, you lie. You know you have to make amends. You either try to explain to Sue why you are insane or you fall into a pit of despair knowing what a worthless friend you are and how you don’t deserve to have a friend like Sue. You plan how you should end the friendship.
Let’s go out there and cling to the truth. 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8
Let’s review the truth, Sue didn’t call. When Jesus said the truth would set us free, He meant theological truths and the little truths. If I could just filter out all that isn’t truth. If I could dump out the lies that Satan didn’t have to tell because I just made them up myself.
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