One difference between a truth and a lie is the affect it has on those who carry it. Deeply knowing truth will cause something to happen to us. Deeply knowing truth will cause us to be free. No, not the kind of free that is only theoretical. Truly knowing truth will cause us to be free relationally. Freedom to know and be known, and freedom to give and receive love from and to those sent to us.
There is a lie lurking out there that causes bondage, slavery, and misery in us, however. The lie is the myth of separation. This myth affects us and our relationships in a significant way because whatever truth or lie we embrace, we will automatically project onto others by default. Although the myth of separation can express itself in us in many ways, this is what the myth has sounded like in my own life:
I’m not where I should be. I should be doing something that I’m not doing.
They are not where they need to be. They should be doing something they are not doing.
God is angry with me.
They don’t love me. They want nothing to do with me.
All those statements are built on the lie of separation. Yes, given time, this could be proved. I promise. When we live out the lie of separation as if it’s true, bondage and misery are the result. It can affect us emotionally, mentally, and physically. These lies are also like acid eating away at all of our relationships.
I have good news for you today. Really good news!
All of truth and reality are personified in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth (also translated reality), and the life…” (John 14:6). Nothing, and I mean nothing, can separate you from Him and His love. He is love personified. Paul said it best when He said this:
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:35, 38, NASB)
Wow, that pretty much covers just about everything don’t you think? Incredible! The cross of Jesus revealed a lot. A whole lot. He masterfully defeated the power of the myth of separation.
In Him, you and I live; we move, and we and have our very existence. We are exactly in the right place at the right time! (Acts 17:28, Col. 1:17)
God is pleased with us. Very pleased. There is no more separation. We’ve been given His righteousness. (Matthew 3:17, Col. 3:3)
Love dwells within us! What is new is the fact that this ancient mystery is now being revealed to some of us now. No one really rejects us from a standpoint of truth. If someone rejects us, it’s because they truly don’t know what they are doing. (Col. 1:26-28, Luke 23:24)
Remember, when the Son sets us free, we’re really free. So, as they say, put that in your ‘pipe’ and smoke it today.