There are certain things that are always true. No matter how you look at them or try to explain them away, these facts will always be the same. But what if I told you that certain things that are true CAN be changed?
Many of us do not like to look truth in the face. Deep inside we believe that by ignoring certain pieces of information we can make them go away or lessen the effect on our life. For example, when dealing with disease it is tempting to ignore telltale signs so we don’t have to accept a scary diagnosis. We trick our brains into believing everything is okay when in reality each day could be moving us towards disaster.
Yet if we were to consider the facts carefully and act on them, we could change the truth of the situation. Immediately acknowledging our health symptoms, visiting a doctor, and receiving treatment could heal us from a disease that might otherwise cripple or claim our life. Accepting the facts as they stand and dealing with them can change the truth of disease to a new truth of healing.
And there are some who would never ignore symptoms of disease, but who do ignore other truths.
The Spirit of God convicts of sin. We are all born in a sinful state, but when we receive Christ as Savior He begins to transform us into His image. The Holy Spirit gently points out areas in our life that are not pleasing to God and gives us the power to change. It is not pleasant to be confronted with our own weaknesses, so it is tempting to make excuses. Yet hiding from the truth will not be helpful. It is only as we bravely face God’s prodding that our lives can change. The truth of our sin can be replaced by the truth of forgiveness and growth.
The Apostle Paul confronted the Corinthian church with the principle that there was no share in the Kingdom of God for those who made sin their consistent lifestyle. He cautioned these men and women not to fool themselves into thinking that they could live immoral lives and still be right with God.
Yet Paul followed up with an encouraging reminder. Though the ultimate consequence of sin is always separation from God, this reality had changed for some of them. Those individuals who put their faith in Jesus Christ were cleansed from their sin and now accepted by God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 “There was a time when some of you were just like that but now your sins are washed away, and you are set apart for God and He has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.”
The truth of exclusion from God’s Kingdom because of sin remains unchanged today for those who ignore God’s salvation message. But for those who face the reality of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ, God’s wrath is satisfied and they can receive life instead of death.
There are certain things that will never change. But consider each situation carefully and don’t bury your head in the sand. Look courageously into the face of the facts and act on them – because sometimes you CAN change the truth!