AVOIDING THE TRUTH

Scripture Reading:  Acts 24:22-27

“After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.  And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, ‘Go away for the present.  When I get an opportunity I will summon you.'” (Acts 24:24,25)

Felix and Dursilla were an interesting couple.  Drusilla was the daughter of Herod Agrippa I and the sister of Herod Agrippa II.  Drucilla’s marriage to Felix was scandalous.  Felix was responsible for Drucilla divorcing her first husband so that he could marry her.  Thus Felix was an adulterer and he was a dishonest crook (v. 26).  He hoped to get a bribe from Paul

Felix was somewhat taken with Paul.  He brought Drusilla to hear him, but when Paul spoke boldly to them about faith in Christ, righteousness, self-control and the coming judgment, Felix sent Paul away.  He could not handle hearing the truth.  Felix’s life was characterized by unrighteousness and a lack of self-control.  The gospel was offensive to him because he did not want to face his sin and repent.

Sometimes the truth hurts because it forces us to be honest about ourselves.  When confronted with the truth, we must face our sins and failures.  Many do not want to face the truth about themselves.  Frankly they don’t want to give up their sinful habits and addictions.  They may even get defensive when someone confronts them in love with the truth.

We can never appreciate God’s grace until we come to grips with our need for it.  In other words, we have to face the bad news in order to appreciate the good news.  We must be open and honest about our sins and failures.  We cannot hide from the truth that God demands righteousness and self-control.

On some occasions, we run from truth because of our pride.  It is hard to admit that we are moral and spiritual failures.  Unfortunately many of us do not realize that the truth can set us free from our pride and our sins.  Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31,32).  The Scriptures reveal God’s will for our lives.  When we read them, we will see things in our lives that need changing.  When we are open to God’s truth and respond to it in repentance and faith, we are set free from the guilt of our sin.

Lord Jesus, I know that Your truth as found in the Scriptures will reveal my sin and the things that I need to change in my life.  And I know that You, who are the Truth, will set me free when I get honest about my need for You and trust You.  I confess my sins to You as I humble myself before Your truth and admit my lack of righteousness and self-control.  I turn to You, my only hope and my sure means of salvation and forgiveness.

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