Aiming at Truth
Ephesians 4:12-16

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

We probably grew up believing lies about life, about ourselves, about our families. We may still experience confusion and uncertainty because we don't have a strong sense of what's true. The lies we believe about ourselves can play into our addictive ways. So we need to reexamine our lives in the light of what's true.

The apostle Paul talked about how the people who believed in Christ were to function like a single body. Each member is to be "measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13), offering the gifts they have to help the whole body grow up into maturity. Since Jesus described himself as "the truth" (John 14:6), and we are to be filled with him, our recovery process involves becoming "truth-full." Paul continued, "Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Recovery can be like growing up all over again. As we grow, we need to continue to aim ourselves in the direction of what is true. In the past we measured truth against whatever sounded right to us at the time. Now we can have the sure measurement of God's Word and Jesus Christ himself. From this perspective we need to reevaluate our beliefs. What is true about God? What is true about me? What is right? What is wrong?

Commitment to the truth involves both our words and our actions.